The 2019 Asian Weightlifting Championships will be held from April 18th to 28th in Ningbo China, in the Zhejiang Province.
Due to the new Olympic qualification system this year’s Asian Championships is a gold tier Tokyo Olympic qualifying event, providing athletes with a 10% Robi point bonus.
- Gold (10% Robi bonus) – World and continental championships
- Silver (5% Robi bonus) – IWF Cups, games and regional championships
- Bronze (no bonus) – Open competitions (mainly organised as part of existing national events)
To learn more about the new Olympic qualification system read our Tokyo 2020 Qualifier Guide
This competition will be the last chance that athletes will have to make a successful total in the first qualifying period (November 2018 – April 2019), something all athletes with Olympic dreams must do.
We are likely therefor to see two types of athletes.
- Athletes who have not yet totaled and need to ensure that they make lifts. Athletes in this situation will be more likely to open light as they cannot risk bombing out. If they do then their Olympic dreams will be squashed.
- Athletes who have already made totals during this qualifying period and now see this as a last ditch effort to increase their Robi points. This could lead to some big attempts from some of the sports’ best who have already set themselves respectable totals at the 2018 World Championships or from the various silver and bronze medal competitions that have littered the last few months of the weightlifting calendar.