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Hosting opportunity: 2022 IWF World Championships

After careful consideration due to the current COVID-19 situation in China, Chinese Weightlifting Association (CWA) have had to re-evaluate China’s ability to host the upcoming 2022 IWF World Championships.

Given the much stricter COVID-19 prevention and control rules being implemented, which would mandate that all teams and officials would have to carry out a 21-day quarantine, CWA considered that it is no longer viable for the 2022 IWF World Championships to be delivered to the standard of the IWF requirements.

Therefore, after careful evaluation, it is with regret that the CWA has had to withdraw from hosting this year.

“After thoughtful consideration, it is with great regret that we are not able to meet all the IWF requirements to organize the 2022 IWF World Championships this year. We are committed to our sport and would like to assure the IWF family that as soon as the situation permits, we are more than happy to host a future World Championships and IWF events as we have done in the past.” CWA wrote in the letter sent to IWF.

“The Chinese Weightlifting Association has been a great partner, together we have been working hard for over two years to deliver the World Championships in China this year. However, unfortunately the pandemic is still with us and we must do what is best for our sport and our athletes. We thank the Chinese Weightlifting Association for all their efforts and look forward to returning to China another time.” said IWF Interim President Dr. Michael Irani.

China was the leading nation in weightlifting at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, winning seven gold medals and one silver.

The IWF Executive Board is working to find a replacement host. More information will be available shortly. Any Member Federation interested in hosting the IWF Senior World Championships this year will have 15 days to provide a letter of intent to the IWF. All letters can be sent to