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2017 IWF World Championships will be held in Penang

The IWF is delighted to announce that the 2017 IWF World Championships will be held in Penang, Malaysia. Penang was chosen ahead of strong bids from three other nations: Belarus, Turkey and Uzbekistan.

The IWF Executive Board during its meeting in Almaty selected Penang, Malaysia, staging the 2011 IWF Junior World Championships.

Asia had to wait more than 50 years to host its first World Championships in Tehran, Iran in 1957. It is an indicator of the ever-growing status of the continent in the sport that Penang will be the fifth Asian city this century to host the World Championships.

The 2014 World Championships started today (November 8-16) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where the 2017 hosting decision was announced to the IWF Congress. The 2015 World Championships will be in Houston, Texas, and there are no championships in 2016, an Olympic year.