In the sport of weightlifting, competitions are organised for men and women. The athletes compete in the categories specified in the rules, according to their bodyweight.
The IWF recognises four (4) age groups:
i) YOUTH: 13 – 17 years of age
ii) JUNIOR: 15 – 20 years of age
iii) SENIOR: ≥15 years of age
iv) MASTERS: ≥35 years of age
For Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games the relevant International Olympic Committee (IOC) Rules apply.