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Dmytro Chumak and Coach Charged with Evading Drugs Test

The International Testing Agency has alleged that Ukrainian weightlifter Dmytro Chumak attempted to evade an out of competition drugs test, including by attempting to bribe the Doping Control Officers involved. Chumak is a two-times European champion in the M109 category (2019, 2021) and has two world total medals to his name. He finished fourth at […]

2020 Pan American Championships (Held April 2021)

This is out hub page for the 2020 Pan American Weightlifting Championships (postponed to April 2021) All information that we have about this competition will be shared here. Schedule Lifting runs from Monday 19th April to Saturday 26th April. Our google calendar has times for all of the A sessions in UK time. If you […]

2020 Asian Championships (Held April 2021)

This is our hub page for the 2020 Asian Weightlifting Championships (postponed to April 2021). All of our information about the event will be posted here. How to Watch The event is being streamed on the IWF Facebook page. We will be providing commentary/chat for some of the sessions on our channel. Schedule Our google […]

European Weightlifting Championships 2021

All of the information we have about the 2021 European Weightlifting Championships (postponed from 2020) will be featured here. This competition is most likely the last chance for European weightlifters to earn points for qualification for the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Details of qualification standings going into the competition are available on our Olympic […]

Olympic Qualification Extended to End of May

The IOC have agreed that the IWF can extend the qualification period for the Tokyo Olympic Games from the end of April 2021 to the end of May. The change means that several postponed competitions that would have fallen outside of the qualification period will now be eligible as qualification events: East Asian Championships South-American, […]

Nijat Rahimov is popped for drugs/PEDs

Rahimov and Captari Suspended, Charged with Using ‘Doppelgängers’

Nijat Rahimov (Kazakhstan) and Dumitru Captari, (Romania) have both been provisionally suspended pending the outcome of anti-doping cases against them. Both athletes stand accused of using urine substitution to avoid positive tests. Last year, we reported on several WADA operations that have been looking into issues of corruption and doping in weightlifting. One of those, […]

Ursula Papandrea To Run For IWF President

After being controversially removed as acting President by the IWF Executive Board, Ursula Papandrea has announced that she will be a candidate when a new permanent President is elected in March. In comments reported by InsideTheGames, Papandrea made it clear that she will be basing her campaign around fighting corruption in the sport.

The strngest woman in the world Tatiana Kashirina not on Russia's doping list

Reports that Tatiana Kashirina has been Suspended

There are reports that Tatiana Kashirina, the five-time women’s super heavyweight world champion, has been suspended pending the outcome of an anti-doping case against her. Kashirina becomes the latest in a string of Russian athletes to be suspended following investigation of data from the Russian anti-doping laboratory by the World Anti-Doping Agency. If the case […]

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Weightlifting Weight Categories Reduced for Paris 2024

The International Olympic Committee has announced that weightlifting will feature just five men’s and five women’s weight categories for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. With twelve competitors per category, there will be 120 weightlifters in Paris. This is the fewest since 1956 when there were 105 men spread across seven categories. We have to […]