IOC Executive Board decision on Tokyo 2020 programme
IOC Program Commission compiled the requests received from several IFs and made a proposal presented to the IOC Executive Board.
The decision marks a key milestone in the evolution of the Olympic Programme by introducing youth-focused innovation, increasing gender equality, and reducing the overall size of the Games.
Weightlifting was confirmed as one of the 28 sports on the programme of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Following the principles set by Agenda 2020 in maximizing events, the decision of the IOC EB was to accept 7 Women and 7 Men bodyweight categories in order to reach gender equality. As confirmed earlier, at the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games, gender equality was reached by obtaining an additional event: 6 Women and 6 Men.
In order to reach the goal of organizing more Sustainable Games by reducing number of participating athletes, the first step was to lower the quota of several sports; 196 was approved for weightlifting.