After careful consideration, the International University Sports Federation (FISU) announced today the cancellation of the 2020 World University Weightlifting Championships that should have taken place in Gangjin (KOR) from 20 to 24 October 2020. In their statement FISU announced the following: ” During this challenging period most of countries keep facing today, it is FISU’s […]
The Pan American Weightlifting Federation together with the International Weightlifting Federation held its fifth online seminar on 11th July 2020. The first one was about ‘How to live in times of Coronavirus’. It was followed by two (a Spanish and an English edition) Technical Officials’ webinar on which International Technical Officials of Category 1 gave […]
It is with great sadness that we have learned that, the Bulgarian born weightlifter Antonio Krastev passed away at the age of 58 due to a tragic accident in the United States. With his passing the weightlifting world has lost one of its greatest lifter of all time. Throughout his career he won two World […]
It is with great sadness that we have learned that John Lear, a hugely influential figure in the history of British Weight Lifting and one of the great characters of UK sport for over five decades, has passed away last week in his home town of Shrewsbury.
John Lear was born in August 1935, he grew up in Shrewsbury, England where he attended the elite Shrewsbury School. He developed an enduring love of the town and the school and it was here that he was introduced to rowing and his great passion, weightlifting. The pattern of his life had been set.
Upon leaving school, John went to the University of Wales in Cardiff, where he met Myrddin John, who was to become General Secretary of the Welsh Weightlifting Federation and a Vice President of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF). The two would become lifelong friends. Upon graduating, John became a P.E. teacher in North London and continued his career as a weightlifter and developed an interest in coaching. His talents were quickly identified, and John was invited to coach the national teams in South Korea, Iran and China. Later the IWF would invite John to tutor a number of Olympic Solidarity Courses around the world.
John worked closely with Al Murray and Louis Martin, the World Champion at 90kg. In 1972 John succeeded Al as the British National Coach and then Director of Coaching and the pair wrote many books together on all aspects of weightlifting.
Over more than half a century, John played a key role in the development and success of weightlifting both nationally and on an international level. He represented Great Britain as National Coach at nine Olympic Games, nine Commonwealth Games and numerous World and European Championships, as well as tournaments of every hue. He also sat on the British Olympic Committee and worked with numerous British sporting bodies, including British Rowing, to devise and implement weight training programs. His contribution to weightlifting and British sport in general is unprecedented and will likely never be replicated.
British Weight Lifting also paid their tribute to John Lear:
“John will be remembered for his loyalty, friendship and great humility as well as his willingness to always share his experience with others, often imparted by his wicked sense of humour.”
“He was hugely admired and respected by all who were fortunate to meet him, not just in the UK but all around the World.”
“British sport has lost a true stalwart, someone who enriched so many people’s lives and sadly his contribution will never be fully recognised or acknowledged. Our deepest condolences go to his wife Teresa, daughter Katie and two sons.”
John will be remembered as an inspirational coach, friend and a true ambassador for weightlifting and he will be sadly missed.
IWF offers its condolences to British Weight Lifting and John Lear’s family.
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Iraqi weightlifter and Olympian Mr. Mohammed Yaseen Mohammed. He passed away on 24th June 2020 at the age of 57 in Sweden, reportedly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously he competed in two consecutive Olympic Games, in 1980 in Moscow and in 1984 in […]
The Pan American Weightlifting Federation together with the IWF Anti-Doping Commission invites everyone to an Anti-Doping Webinar.
The experts, Maria Jose Pesce Cutri, Dr. Mike Irani, Dr. Marcelo Muñoz and Dr. Victor Carpio will talk about the Prohibited List, Importance of TUE, Whereabouts, Sample Collection and other interesting and important topics related to Anti-Doping.
Lausanne, 10 June 2020; Following the 4 June publication of Professor Richard McLaren’s independent investigation into the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) and weightlifting, a number of key steps have been taken to lay the foundation for future progress. As a first step, copies of the report and associated evidence were immediately shared with other organisations […]
Weightlifting Fiji (WF) is now under new leadership after their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday 31 May 2020. Della Shaw-Elder takes on the mantle of President of WF after sitting President, Mr Atma Maharaj signalled his intention to retire from the role. Mr Maharaj had been the President of WF since 2008 – 2013 […]
Lausanne, 29 May 2020; The IOC has approved the International Weightlifting Federation’s (IWF’s) revised Olympic Qualifying System for Tokyo 2020, which now extends the qualifying period to 30 April 2021. All results and rankings achieved by weightlifters during the qualifying events held prior to the cessation of qualifying will be retained with no changes to […]