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6 strong candidates for the 2018 IWF World Championships

Member Federations from 3 continents are now candidates to host the major event in the IWF calendar for the year 2018 being the World Championships.

Six cities sent in their candidatures within the IWF deadline and the IWF President Dr. Tamas Ajan is happy to welcome them.

Following the IWF’s circular to Member Federations in August, these are the cities that expressed their interest as host of the 2018 IWF World Championships:

Antalya, Turkey
Lima, Peru
Phuket, Thailand
Tbilisi, Georgia
Tirana, Albania
Tokyo, Japan

These outstanding, highly qualified and experienced hosts all organized major weightlifting events in the recent period and / or future major events will be organized in the city.

Antalya organized the 2010 IWF World Championships and 2012 European Championships.

Lima, under the leadership of Mr. Jose Quinones, NOC and Weightlifting Federation President organized 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 organized the 2015 European Championships, led by the President of the Georgian Federation President, 3 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.

According to the published candidature procedure, the cities / Member Federations will have to send their Candidature File together with guarantee / support letters to the IWF before 17 October.

The cities / Member Federations will have to present their candidatures at the next IWF Executive Board meeting in Houston, TX, USA, where the host will be selected by the EB.