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IWF Executive Board meeting and Congress in Penang, MAS

The IWF had an Executive Board meeting and Congress in Penang, Malaysia prior to the 2016 IWF Youth World Championships to start on 20 October.

Constitution and By-Laws

Francois Carrard Dr. iur., Attorney at Law presented the amendments to the IWF Constitution and By-Laws amended and approved by both the Executive Board and Congress.

As another move towards gender parity, the new Constitution will provide a minimum of two positions for Women in the leadership one being Vice President and the other one Executive Board member.

The IWF Technical and Competition Rules and Regulations were ratified effective from 1 January 2017.


The Board received update on the IWF Financial status from IWF Financial Advisor for 2016 and approved the Budget for 2017.

Allocation of the 2019 IWF World Championships

The Executive Board unanimously decided to attribute the hosting right for the 2019 IWF World Championships to the Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association – Pattaya, THA.

Development Program

A status report on the 2016 Development Program was presented and the 2017 Development Program was approved. Both were presented to the Congress delegates.


The Memberships Commission presented its report.


Both bodies received update on Anti-Doping related issues.

Communication and Marketing

Both the Executive Board and the Congress received a report about current projects and changes carried out in the field of Communication and Marketing.

Rio 2016

Congress delegates received an inclusive report praising the success of weightlifting at the Olympic Games and the wonderful conditions provided to weightlifting by the Organizing Committee.

Appreciating the work of Pedro Meloni, Weightlifting Sport Manager, the sport legacy remaining in Brazil and the new cooperation possibilities such as the very successful Spectator experience zone, Congress delegates had an insight in the memorable Rio 2016 Games.

Reports on the preparation of the future events

2016 FISU Merida, MEX / 2017 IWF YWC Bangkok, THA / 2017 IWF JWC Tokyo, JPN / 2017 Universiade Taipei, TPE / 2017 IWF WC Anaheim, USA

The Qualification System for 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, ARG that was approved by the IOC was presented to the delegates.


The President of the Iranian Weightlifting Federation, Ali Moradi appeared in front of the Executive Board and apologized also on behalf of the athlete, Behdad Salimikordasiabi and his coach Sajjad Anoushiravani for their behavior at the incident that happened in the +105kg competition at the Rio Olympic Games. He said they were extremely sorry and apologized to those concerned. The Executive Board accepted the apology and warned the Iranian Federation that such occurrences should not happen again.