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IWF confirms “excellent level” of preparation for the 2024 Olympics in Paris

With less than 80 days to go before the start of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, an IWF delegation was in the French capital to discuss the last preparation stages of the event with the organisers. The group included Matthew Curtain, IWF Executive Board member and Paris 2024 Technical Delegate, Achilleas Tsogas, IWF CEO, and Matyas Lencser, IWF Competition Manager.

During the two-day visit, various aspect related with the staging of the Games were revised, namely the accommodation and transportation plan, the accreditation and ticketing procedure, and the sports presentation. The IWF delegation also had the opportunity to visit the venue of the competition, as well as the training facility (located in the Olympic Village).

Achilleas Tsogas (IWF CEO, fifth from the left), Matthew Curtain (IWF EB member and Paris 2024 Technical Delegate, fourth from the right) and Matyas Lencser (IWF Competition Manager, second from the right) meeting the Paris 2024 Olympic Games organisers

The inspection of the sports complex used for the weightlifting competition – Paris Expo Porte de Versailles (SP6) – deserved special attention from the IWF. All logistical details related to the necessary requirements for a weightlifting event were reviewed, with some small adjustments still to be done until the staging of the Games.

“We are now in the last metres of a long race, but we are extremely happy with the level of athlete-centred co-operation from Paris 2024. I am sure that the end of the journey, during the Games in Paris, will also be outstanding,” underlined Mr Curtain. “Together with Moira [Lassen, the second IWF Technical Delegate to the Games, but unfortunately not available for this visit], we have always enjoyed very positive support from our French friends highlighting in particular Paris 2024 Sport Director Aurélie Merle, Weightlifting Manager Jacqueline White, and Michel Reynaud, President of the French Weightlifting Federation.


Our mutual expertise has led to this encouraging outcome, which will be crucial for our clean athletes and the Olympic programme,” Mr Curtain concluded.

The weightlifting competition at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games will take place from August 7-11 and will be contested by 120 athletes (+ two lifters from the IOC Refugee Team) in 10 bodyweight categories (five for men and five for women).

IWF Communications