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Pathway to Paris 2024: Weightlifting qualification system explained – Part 2

Weightlifting will once again feature at the Olympic Games, with five medal events for both men and women scheduled for Paris 2024.           What is the weightlifting qualification pathway to Paris 2024?   Via Olympic Qualification Ranking (OQR) - 100 athletes, 50 men and 50 women The weightlifting Paris 2024 qualification period for the OQR begins on 1 August 2022 and concludes on 28 April 2024. The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) will publish the OQR of each Olympic weight category at the end of the qualification period (...). The OQR will be based on the best total results (snatch, and clean and jerk) the athletes manage to lift in the seven competitions previously mentioned.  One athlete per NOC will be ranked on the OQR, which will be the highest-ranked athlete per NOC in each weight category at Paris 2024. If two or more athletes record the same total result in the same Olympic weight category, they will be ranked according to whoever achieved the result first. According to the OQR, the top 10 athletes of each Paris 2024 weight category will be allocated their quota place. If an athlete ranks in the top 10 of the OQR for more than one weight category, the NOC involved must declare to the IWF which event the athlete will compete in at Paris 2024 by 10 May 2024. If an NOC has more than three athletes per gender across different weight categories in the top 10 of the OQR, the NOC must declare to the IWF which athletes they decide will be allocated the Olympic quotas. Via Host Country - four athletes, two men and two women As the host country, France are guaranteed four quota places in total, two for men and two for women. French weightlifters may obtain quota places through the OQR, as is the case for any other athlete from any other NOC. But if the host country qualifies less than two men and two women through the OQR, they may add additional eligible athletes of their choice to achieve the maximum guaranteed quota places, respecting the maximum athletes per event per NOC. Via Continental Representation - 10 athletes, five men and five women In order to achieve the widest possible representation across the IWF recognised Continental Federations (Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, Pan America), one quota place will be distributed to each Olympic weight category using the OQR and the criteria below: The highest-ranked eligible athlete of a weight category representing an NOC whose continent is not in the Top 10 of her/his weight category, will be allocated a quota place. In cases where more than one continent is not represented in the Top 10 of a weight category, then the highest-ranked eligible athlete of this weight category representing an NOC from these continents will be allocated a quota place. If in any Olympic weight category the continental representation is already achieved, then the continental quota place will be reallocated. Via Universality Places - 6 athletes, three men and three women The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will invite all eligible NOCs to submit their requests for Universality Places. The Tripartite Commission will confirm, in writing, the allocation of Universality Places to the relevant NOCs after the end of the qualification period for the sport concerned.   What is the Paris 2024 weightlifting competition format and schedule?   There will be 10 medal events in the weightlifting competition of Paris 2024 and only four weight categories remain the same as the Tokyo 2020 Games. Men’s: 61kg; 73kg; 89kg; 102kg; +102kg Women’s: 49kg; 59kg; 71kg; 81kg; +81kg *Weight classes marked in bold are the events that are the same as Tokyo 2020. As with Tokyo 2020, the Paris 2024 weightlifting competition of each weight category will be composed of two events: snatch, and clean and jerk. For each event, the athletes will have three attempts, with the best result used for the calculation of the total results. The final ranking will be based on the total weight that the athletes manage to lift. The venue of the competition will be South Paris Arena 6 (Paris Expo), with the competition held from 7-11 August 2024. (...)   Weightlifting qualification timelines for Paris 2024   1 August 2022 - 28 April 2024: Qualification Period. 15 January 2024: Deadline for NOCs to submit their request for Universality Places. 28 April 2024: Conclusion of OQR. 1 May 2024: IWF notifies the NOCs which have athlete(s) ranked in the top 10 of OQR in more than one bodyweight category to select the bodyweight category in which the athlete(s) will remain in the top 10 of OQR 6 May 2024: The respective NOCs to notify IWF of the selected weight category of those athlete(s) who are ranked in the top 10 positions of OQR in more than one weight category. 8 May 2024: OQR is updated. 10 May 2024: IWF notifies the NOCs that have more eligible athletes than 3 per gender ranked in the top 10 positions of OQR to select the athletes and weight categories that will remain in the top 10 of the OQR, respecting the maximum number of athletes per NOC. 15 May 2024: The respective NOCs to notify IWF of the selected athletes and weight categories that will remain in the top 10 of the OQR, respecting the maximum number of athletes per NOC. 16 May 2024: IWF notifies the NOCs that have more athletes than 3 per gender eligible to obtain a Continental quota place to select the 3 athletes per gender and weight categories that will remain eligible to receive the Continental quota places, respecting the maximum number of athletes per NOC. 23 May 2024: The respective NOCs to notify IWF of the selected athletes and weight categories that will remain eligible to receive the Continental quota places, respecting the maximum number of athletes per NOC. 24 May 2024: IWF publishes the final Qualification Ranking lists and notifies NOCs about the allocated quota places obtained through the top 10 and Continental representation per weight category according to the OQR. 31 May 2024: NOCs to confirm the use of allocated quota places to IWF. 3 June 2024: IWF to confirm to NOCs the reallocation of any unused quota places. 10 June 2024: NOCs to confirm the use of the reallocated quota places to IWF 11 June 2024: IWF notifies the Host Country of the available host country quota places. 12 June 2024: Host Country to confirm the use of host country quota places 12 June 2024: IWF to inform IOC on the available weight categories for Universality Places. 14 June 2024: The Tripartite Commission to confirm in writing the allocation of Universality Places to the NOCs. 14 June 2024: IWF to confirm to NOCs the reallocation of any host country quota places. 21 June 2024: NOCs to confirm the use of reallocated host country quota places to IWF. 21 June 2024: NOCs to confirm the use of allocated Universality Places to IWF. 24 June 2024: IWF to confirm the reallocation of any Universality Places. 1 July 2024: NOCs to confirm the use of reallocated Universality Places to IWF. 8 July 2024: Olympic Games Paris 2024 Sport Entries deadline. 26 July - 11 August 2024: Olympic Games Paris 2024. Source: MENG Lingcheng - olympics.com                   

Pathway to Paris 2024: Weightlifting qualification system explained – Part 1

Weightlifting will once again feature at the Olympic Games, with five medal events for both men and women scheduled for Paris 2024. (...) After the excitement of Tokyo 2020, weightlifting will be once again back on the Olympic competition programme at Paris 2024 but with a number of differences compared to the last Olympic Games. In total, 120 athletes competing in 10 categories (five for women and five for men, four less in total than Tokyo 2020) will demonstrate their extraordinary strength as they fight for the ultimate prize in sport - an Olympic gold medal - at the South Paris Arena 6. But before any of that can take place, weightlifters will need to qualify for the competition - no easy task in itself. Considering the significant changes to the categories, athletes will face a challenge to qualify for the Olympic Games in just over two years' time. (...) How many athletes will compete in weightlifting at Paris 2024? In total, 120 athletes will compete in the Paris 2024 weightlifting competition, a drop from 196 in Tokyo and a further drop from the 260 who competed at London 2012 and Rio 2016. As the host country, France will be allocated four quota places (two for men and two for women). There will also be 10 quota places reserved for continental representation and six quota places for Universality places which will be decided by the Tripartite Commission in 2024. Each NOC will only be able to qualify one athlete per weight class, and three per gender across all weight categories - down from four each at Tokyo 2020. For each weight category established at Paris 2024, a maximum of 12 athletes will compete - two less in each category than Tokyo 2020. What are the requirements for athletes to be eligible for a quota? To be eligible to participate in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, athletes and NOCs will be required to comply with the following:  Athletes must be born on or before 31 December 2009. Athletes (including those from the host country and those who may be eligible for the Universality quotas) must participate in the 2023 IWF World (Senior) Championships (Q4 of 2023) and 2024 IWF World Cup (Q2 of 2024), except for truly exceptional circumstances Athletes must participate in a minimum of three of the following events (athletes from the host country and those who may be eligible for the Universality quotas must participate in at least two): 2022 IWF World (Senior) Championships/Q4 2022 2023 Continental (Senior) Championships (or Continental Senior Games if they are officially replacing the Continental Senior Championships) / Q1- Q2, 2023 2023 IWF Grand Prix I / Q2-Q3, 2023 2023 IWF Grand Prix II / Q3-Q4, 2023 2024 Continental (Senior) Championships, Q1-Q2, 2024 Athletes and their NOCs must be clean in terms of Anti-Doping Violation. More details can be found on the official IWF document (page 4) (...) Source: MENG Lingcheng -

Parents & Guardians: A Guide to Clean Sport

Parents and guardians of young athletes have many roles. As well as being their child’s number one fan, they are their taxi driver, nutritionist, psychologist. Alongside this, parents and guardians also have an important role in their child’s development as a clean athlete. This requires an understanding of anti-doping rules, and just as importantly, an ability to positively influence their child’s values and behaviours, which in turn can prevent doping. We invite parents, guardians, all athletes, and others who work with young athletes, to tune in as our expert panellists discuss this important topic. Joining us are Dr Lubna Sibtain, whose daughter was the first female swimmer and youngest female Olympian from Pakistan, and Jodi Brown, a former international netball player, parent, and member of Drug Free Sport New Zealand’s Education Team. They will share their experiences and provide practical tips on how parents and guardians can learn about, and take an active role in clean sport. As always, we are pleased to deliver these webinars in English with simultaneous translation to four additional languages – Arabic (العربي), Spanish (español), French (français) and Russian (русский). Topic: Parents and Guardians: A Guide to Clean Sport Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aGL42DYbRx6x8WEeVgAj0g Event date: Tuesday 31 May 14:00–15:00 CET Panelists: Dr Lubna Sibtain, IOC Certified Sport Physician and parent of young Olympian Jodi Brown, Drug Free Sport New Zealand and International Netball Player Moderator:  Mairi Irvine, ITA Education Team

31st SEA Games

IWF General Secretary, Mohammed Jalood visited the Southeast Asian Games currently running in Hanoi, Vietnam. This is the second time Vietnam is hosting the SEA Games, the first one being in 2003. The event was originally scheduled for  2021  but due to the COVID Pandemic it was postponed to 2022. Mr. Jalood also met the official mascot of the Games, Sao La, both supporting the clean sport. The weightlifting competitions last 4 days and athletes are competing in 14 categories. One of the biggest name competing at the event is Hidilyn Diaz (PHI), Tokyo 2020 Olympic

Olympic Solidarity Course in Cyprus

The Weightlifting Federation of Cyprus organized a Coaching Course in Cyprus, in March 2022 which was supported by the IOC's Olympic Solidarity program and IWF. The seminars were conducted on 3 weekends in March and due to some travel restrictions still in place, the theoretical parts were arranged via Zoom webinar. For the final weekend all 3 experts, Ms. Denise Offermann from Cyprus, Mr. Georgios Saroglakis and Mr. Dimitris Ioannidis from Greece traveled to Cyprus to have 3 full days of practical sessions.  Alltogether 19 participants took part and listened to various presentations among others on: Theory of the Coaching Pathway, Coaching Skill development, Competition Preparation and End Phase Theory, Code of Ethics and Fair Play and The Winning Attitude – athlete’s mind set. The course was a major step in the development of the Weightlifting Federation of Cyprus in all regions and therefore a great success. The Weightlifting Federation of Cyprus appreciated the support of IWF, Olympic Solidarity and Cyprus Olympic Committee in organizing this