Following the recent IOC Executive Board meeting, we are happy to inform the Weightlifting Family that the IOC has approved the IWF’s proposal for the inclusion of one more bodyweight category (Women 44kg) at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.

“The IOC Executive Board fully recognizes the great value that weightlifting brings to the Youth Olympic Games…We are delighted to achieve gender balance in your sport” – stated Thomas Bach, IOC President in his letter.

According to this decision, weightlifting will have 55 Women competing in six bodyweight categories (44kg, 48kg, 53kg, 58kg, 63kg, +63kg) and 55 Men competing in six bodyweight categories (56kg, 62kg, 69kg, 77kg, 85kg, +85kg) at the next Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.