Member Federations from three continents are now candidates to host the 2018 World Championships.
- Antalya, Turkey
- Lima, Peru
- Phuket, Thailand
- Tbilisi, Georgia
- Tirana, Albania
- Tokyo, Japan
These outstanding, highly qualified and experienced hosts all organised major weightlifting events in the recent period and / or future major events will be organised in the city.
Antalya organised the 2010 IWF World Championships and 2012 European Championships.
Lima, under the leadership of Mr. Jose Quinones, NOC and Weightlifting Federation President organised the 2013 IWF Junior and 2015 Youth World Championships; the city is also the host of the 2019 Pan American Games.
Phuket concluded recently the 2015 Asian Championships.
Tbilisi organised the 2015 European Championships, led by the President of the Georgian Federation President, three-times Olympic Champion, Kakhi Kakhiashvili.
Tirana hosted the 2013 European Championships.
Tokyo will organize the 2016 Asian Youth and Junior Championships, the 2017 IWF Junior World Championships and the 2020 Olympic Games.