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20.09.2019

Two Senior, seven Junior World Records

Chinese CHEN Lijun defended his World Champion title in Total at the World Championships in Thailand on Friday, achieving this despite he was not first in either of the lifts. In the Snatch, the 26-years-old Chinese finished at 150kg, but ISMAYILOV Daniyar (TUR) performed the same before him. Surprisingly, the gold went to the winner […]

19.09.2019

LI Fabin seized the Gold from IRAWAN

In the men’s 61kg, Indonesian 2018 winner IRAWAN Eko Yuli was dethroned by Chinese Li Fabin, who also set new World Records in the Snatch and Total on the way. The triple Gold Medallist Chinese set the World Record at 145kg in the first lift and 318kg in Total. Moreover, previously IRAWAN was holding the […]

19.09.2019

Chinese success with World Records

Chinese winners were announced in the women’s 49kg bodyweight category at the World Championships in Thailand on Thursday: HOU Zhiu won the Snatch and JIANG Huihua won in Total. In the first lift, HOU completed 94kg first, clinching the Gold Medal from JIANG who had the same result. The Bronze Medal both in the Snatch […]

18.09.2019

2019 IWF World Championships opens in Pattaya

The 2019 IWF World Championships opened in Pattaya today with an Opening Ceremony which showcased the best of Thailand’s rich culture. The Ceremony began with a video which took the audience on a journey across the beautiful resort of Pattaya and the surrounding region. It was followed by a drum and wind instrument musical performance […]

18.09.2019

Turkish winner announced in W45

In the lightest women’s bodyweight category, Turkey’s European Champion this year, ERDOGAN Saziye triumphed. The 27-year-old lifter won the Snatch with 77kg, but could only defeat MONTERO RAMOS Ludia M (CUB) with a 1kg advance, the 2019 Pan-American Champion. Vietnamese KHONG My Phuong wasn’t far behind either with 74kg, this year’s Junior World Champion. In […]

18.09.2019

OM Yun Chol is World Champion for the fifth time!

The London Olympic Gold and Rio Olympic Silver medallist North Korean lifter performed 128kg in the Snatch, gaining 8kg advance over his closest competitors. In the Clean and Jerk, he put even more distance between himself and the field and did not only win gold for this lift but easily won the Total as well. […]

18.09.2019
17.09.2019

IWF Congress concludes ahead of record-breaking IWF World Championships

The IWF Congress took place in Pattaya today with representatives from 100 Member Federations in attendance to hear updates on the latest IWF activities and contribute their ideas and feedback. The full agenda included updates from each of the IWF Committees and Commissions as well as progress reports on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and […]

16.09.2019

IWF Executive Board selects Chongqing as host of the 2022 IWF World Championships

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Executive Board (EB) today selected Chongqing, China as the host of the 2022 IWF World Championships.

The decision was taken during a two-day meeting which saw constructive discussions and updates from the IWF Committees and Commissions. President of the Chinese Weightlifting Association Jinqiang Zhou presented the city’s bid to the EB which will see China host the World Championships for the first time since 1995.

During the meeting, the Development and Education Commission provided an update on the distribution of this year’s funding through the 2019 IWF Development Programme, which supports the growth of weightlifting around the world. The principles of the 2020 IWF Development Programme were also approved. Reports were given by the Membership Commission, Technical Committee, Medical Committee and Coaching and Research Committee. An update on the IWF Strategic Plan was delivered and the EB approved the principles and timeline to implement a good governance review of its Continental Federations. The IWF will then create good governance guidelines for its Member Federations. The EB also approved a technical rule change that creates the pathway for refugee athletes to compete in IWF events in the future.

The EB received a report from the Anti-Doping Commission and an update from International Testing Agency’s (ITA’s) Ben Cohen, as the federation continues its commitment to protecting clean lifters and ensuring a level playing field. An update was also provided on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Qualification – a qualification system that has drawn praise from IOC President Thomas Bach and has significantly increased the number of qualification events from seven for Rio 2016, to a minimum of 62 for Tokyo 2020. The International Technical Officials for Tokyo 202, the 2020 IWF budget and minutes from the previous Board meeting were all unanimously approved.

IWF President Tamas Ajan said:

“We are delighted to announce Chongqing as the host of the 2022 IWF World Championships. We are sure that they will host a world-class event that will showcase the new era for weightlifting in China.

“We have had a constructive Executive Board meeting here in Pattaya. It is important that all our members are able to contribute their ideas and feedback and that we engage in collaborative discussions on how best to lead our sport forward. We are at a very important time for the IWF and it is critical that we build on the strong foundation we have established for our athletes over the last few years. We will see how strong the health of weightlifting is this week during the World Championships which have attracted athletes from more nations than ever before.”

The meeting took place ahead of the 2019 IWF World Championships, for which athletes from a record 100 nations are registered. The IWF Congress will meet in Pattaya on 17 September on the eve of the World Championships.

15.09.2019

IWF Committee meetings were held in Pattaya

The IWF Committees held their meetings prior to the 2019 IWF World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand. Matters of common interest were raised at the Joint Meeting before they split to their relevant groups. The need for discussions on the situation of transgender athletes was brought to attention by Medical Committee Chairman Dr Michael Irani. The […]

14.09.2019

History of Indian Women at the Worlds

Indian women have had some success at the World Weightlifting Championships since 1989 with winning a total of 16 medals at weightlifting’s biggest event till now. Kunjarani Devi, Karnam Malleswari, Lalita Polley, Bharti Singh, Neelam Setti Laxmi and Saikhom Mirabai Chanu are the winners who secured medals at the said tournament. The Indian women’s squadron […]

12.09.2019
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