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Weightlifting: IWF approves new bodyweight categories

 

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By George Aluo

The game of weightlifting has undergone a major reform with the approval yesterday of 10 new body weight categories for both men and women by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).

IWF made the approval at its executive board meeting in Uzbekistan, where the board also took a thorough look at the progress made so far in her anti doping war.

The 10 men’s categories are 55 kilograms, 61kg, 67kg, 73kg, 81kg, 89kg, 96kg, 102kg, 109kg and over-109kg, while the 10 women’s are 45kg, 49kg, 55kg, 59kg, 64kg, 71kg, 76kg, 81kg, 87kg and over-87kg. These categories are to apply for juniors and seniors.

The youth bodyweight categories for men are 49kg, 55kg, 61kg, 67kg, 73kg, 81kg, 89kg, 96kg, 102kg and over-102kg, while those for women are 40kg, 45kg, 49kg, 55kg, 59kg, 64kg, 71kg, 76kg, 81kg and over-81kg.

These new bodyweight mark an increase on the eight previously used for both genders at IWF events.

The new bodyweight categories are to be ratified by the IWF congress.

Seven of the men’s categories and seven of the women’s were also approved for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The men’s are 61kg, 67kg, 73kg, 81kg, 96kg, 109kg and over-109kg, while the women’s are 49kg, 55kg, 59kg, 64kg, 76kg, 87kg and over-87kg.

The new categories will be implemented into the revised Tokyo 2020 qualification system, which has the principle aim of “protecting clean sport”.

NewsReporters.ng further gathered that under the system, athletes will be tested more regularly than in the past as they must compete at least six times in the 18-month qualifying period that starts on November 1.

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