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IWF signs agreement with ZKC as official sole supplier for Paris 2024

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has signed an agreement with CHINA Hebei ZhangKong Barbell Manufacturing CO. LTD.  (ZKC) to be the federation’s official Sole Supplier for the Olympic Games Paris 2024.ZKC has extensive experience in supplying the highest-standard equipment in weightlifting and was the IWF’s official Sole Supplier for Beijing 2008, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.ZKC will provide all the required equipment to the Paris 2024 Organising Committee in accordance with the IWF Technical Competition Rules & Regulations. In addition, ZKC is entitled to use the "Official Sole Supplier" title in its advertisements.Antonio Urso, IWF General Secretary said:“We are very happy to continue our long-term partnership with ZKC. ZKC has been the IWF’s official supplier at three Olympic Games and has a proven track record of delivering the highest quality equipment for our athletes. We are looking forward to working with them again at Paris 2024 and ensuring our athletes have what they need to compete at their best.”Mr. Zhang Zhiguo, ZKC General Manager said:“We are very proud to have signed this agreement with the IWF and ensure the continuation of ZKC’s affiliation with elite weightlifting. As the Official Sole Supplier, we recognise we have an important responsibility to provide equipment of the highest standards for the Olympic weightlifters. We have developed a strong relationship with the IWF over three Olympic Games and are excited to work with them again at Paris 2024.”The IWF Executive Board had approved ZKC as the official sole supplier for Paris 2024 during its meeting on 1 September

IWF President Visits Bahrain

IWF President visit boost for Bahrain President of the International Weightlifting Federation, His Excellency Mr. Mohammed Jalood Al Shammari, recently visited the Kingdom of Bahrain, during which he attended meetings with Bahrain sports leading figures. His visit also aimed to look into the Kingdom of Bahrain's preparations to host the 2022 Asian Weightlifting Championships. The IWF president admired the steps taken by the nation as a build up to the championships, and wished everyone all success in organizing this continental event. His Highness asserts support to weightlifting His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, Chairman of the General Sports Authority, and President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, met Mr. Mohammed Jalood Al Shammari, President of the International Weightlifting Federation. The meeting was attended by His Highness Shaikh Salman bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, deputy chairman of the General Sports Authority, Dr. Abdul Rahman Sadiq Askar, CEO of General Sports Authority, Faris Mustafa Al Kooheji, Secretary General of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, and Eshaq Ebrahim Eshaq, President of the Bahrain Weightlifting Federation. During the meeting, His Highness Shaikh Khalid  noted the great efforts of the IWF to promote  the sport around the world by organizing a series of tournaments, programs and events under its umbrella. His Highness also stressed the importance of weightlifting as one of the Olympic sports, which has contributed to its popularity among various athletes in the Kingdom of Bahrain. He asserted the Kingdom's keenness to strengthen bilateral cooperation with the IWF to develop weightlifting worldwide. On his part, Mr. Al Shammari expressed gratitude to His Highness Shaikh Khalid for the hospitality and warm reception, and noted the efforts of Bahrain in supporting the sport. He wished the Kingdom and its federation further success and progress. IWF efforts hailed His Highness Shaikh Isa bin Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Vice-President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, has praised the efforts of the International Weightlifting Federation to improve the sport in various parts of the world. This was announced at his meeting with President of the International Weightlifting Federation, Mr. Mohammed Jalood Al Shammari, in the presence of the Secretary-General of the Olympic Committee, Faris Mustafa Al-Kooheji, and President of the Bahrain Weightlifting Federation Eshaq Ebrahim Eshaq. His Highness Shaikh Isa  welcomed the IWF President and expressed his appreciation for the important role played by the  federation in developing and promoting the sport by holding  a series of global, continental and regional championships, which it organizes and supervises in cooperation with  Confederations and national federations. His Highness affirmed the backing of the Kingdom of Bahrain, thanks to the efforts of the General Sports Authority and the Bahrain Olympic Committee, headed by His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and the  significant role played by the BWF, which has made great strides in developing the sport while its champions athletes have achieved many outstanding results over the last period. On his part, Mr. Al Shammari, expressed gratitude to His Highness Shaikh Isa for the good hospitality, and strong  relations between the International and Bahraini Federations, which would achieve common interests for the two parties. Meanwhile, the Secretary-General of the Olympic Committee, Faris Al Kooheji, affirmed the BOC's support to weightlifting and creating the champions of tomorrow in this Olympic sport. He said that organizing the Asian Championships for the first time in the history of the sport is the best witness to this interest. He lauded the efforts of the IWF and its support for its Bahraini counterpart. On his part, President of the BWF Eshaq Ebrahim Eshaq valued the support offered by the IWF to all national federations and stressed that this visit reflects the valuable relations between the two parties. He stressed his federation’s keenness to enhance bilateral cooperation and that the Kingdom’s bid to host the Asian Championships reflects the federation’s keenness on the continuous development of the sport. Asian Championships Press Conference Held President of the International Weightlifting Federation, His Excellency Mr. Mohammed Jalood Al Shammari, has attended the press conference of the Asian Weightlifting Championship 2022, staged by the organizing committee on Thursday, September 1 at Gilgamesh Hall, Golden Tulip Hotel, to officially announce the Kingdom of Bahrain’s hosting of the championships. The event will be held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin  Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, Chairman of the General Sports Authority and president of the Bahrain Olympic Committee. The event is organized by the Bahrain Weightlifting Federation and supervised by the Asian Weightlifting Federation from October 6 to 16, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The IWF President praised the preparations of Bahrain for this continental event, expressing his confidence in Bahrain's success in hosting the championships, and wishing all the participants success. He also thanked the BWF, headed by His Excellency Mr.  Eshaq Ebrahim Eshaq, for their excellent preparation for the

Full support for the World Championships in Colombia

25th August 2022, Pan American Weightlifting Federation President, Mr. José Quiñones together with Colombian Weightlifting Federation President, Mr. William Peña met in Bogota, Colombia with Ms. Maria Isabel Urrutia, Minister of Sports of Colombia, Olympic Champion in weightlifting in Sydney, in 2000. During the meeting, IWF President, Mr. Mohammed Jalood joined virtually and expressed his confidence in Bogota, Colombia for the upcoming IWF World Championships in December 2022 which will be the first qualification event for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. Ms. Urrutia confirmed the absolute support of the Colombian Authorities to have a successful

2022 IWF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – PRELIMINARY ENTRIES / WHEREABOUTS INFO

We would like to inform you about the COMPETITION PROGRAM and the applicable DEADLINES for the 2022 IWF World Championships to be held in Bogotá, Colombia.COMPETITION PROGRAM 03 DECEMBER 2022 / VERIFICATION OF FINAL ENTRIES (ONLINE) 04 DECEMBER 2022 / IWF SPECIAL CONGRESS 05-16 DECEMBER 2022 / IWF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (12 days) Please note that the deadline for the PRELIMINARY ENTRIES is 05 SEPTEMBER 2022.IMPORTANTIN ACCORDANCE WITH THE IWF TCRR IS MANDATORY TO REGISTER ALL YOUR ATHLETES BEFORE THE PRELIMINARY ENTRY DEADLINE FOR THE IWF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS.For this purpose, you can now register up to 20 ATHLETES / GENDER even though the final number of competitors can only be a maximum of 10 athletes (+2 Reserves) per gender, which you shall select by the Final Entry deadline.ENTRIES CAN ONLY BE REGISTERED VIA THE IWF ONLINE ENTRY SYSTEM AT  https://www.iwf.net/e-entry_2022col/ Please make sure that all your athletes are included in the preliminary registration, because AFTER 05 SEPTEMBER 2022, NO MORE ATHLETES CAN BE REGISTERED. ELIGIBILITY In accordance with article 5.5.16 of the IWF Anti-Doping Rules 2021 whereabouts information of the athletes shall be submitted at a minimum of three (3) months prior to the IWF World Championships (IWF WC). Athletes who wish to compete at the IWF WC shall submit their whereabouts information for the period outlined above at the latest on 05 SEPTEMBER 2022.   ADAMS Deadline for Q3 2022 in regards to the IWF WC: 05 SEPTEMBER 2022. ADAMS Deadline for Q4 2022 in regards to the IWF WC: 30 SEPTEMBER 2022 An Athlete who does not comply with this provision is not eligible to compete at the IWF Event.VISA Please check the visa requirements on the website of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the following link: https://www.cancilleria.gov.co/tramites_servicios/visa/requisitosTHE COMPETITION DOCUMENTS WILL BE PUBLISHED

IWF Seeks TV/Digital Production and Media Rights Distribution Partner for Selected Paris 2024 Qualification Events

IWF is pleased to open a bidding process to appoint a TV/Digital production and/or media right distribution partner for selected Paris 2024 Weightlifting Qualification Events between 2022-2024. Details of the bidding process can be found here. Selected events include 2022 & 2023 IWF World Championships and the 2024 IWF World Cup. The tender includes the option of additional events including two IWF Grand Prix (2023 Q2-Q3 & Q3-Q4) which will be both qualification events for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.Bidders are asked to submit their tender(s) by August 29, 2022. The IWF Executive Board invites all shortlisted bidders for presenting their tender in front of the Board on September 1,

Final Day at the Islamic Solidarity Games

The 5th day of the weightlifting competitions was packed with top level athletes including World and Olympic Champions breaking Games Records. Uzbekistan shines on the final day winning 3 of the 5 categories in Total. Already in the first, Women’s 87kg category, 2022 Junior World Champion and 2021 World Championships Silver medallist Tursunoy Jabborova representing Uzbekistan grabbed the Gold medal with 235kg. 2021 African Champion Meukeugni Noumbissi Clementine from Cameroon won the Silver medal lifting 211kg, while the Bronze with 171kg went to Kanymzhan Almazbek Kyzy representing Kyrgyzstan. In the Men’s 102kg category 2021 World Champion Rasoul Motamedi Sedeh from Islamic Republic of Iran left no doubt about his desire for the Gold medal lifting 400kg and setting 3 new Games Record. Kazakh athlete Artyom Antropov, 2020 Asian Championships Bronze medallist lifter 386kg for the Silver medal and Bekdoolot Rasulbekov from Kyrgyzstan achieved Bronze with 385kg. Nobody could get even close to World and Olympic Champion Ruslan Nurudinov from Uzbekistan in the Men’s 109kg category lifting 417kg and 3 Games Records for the second Gold medal for Uzbekistan on the final day. Iranian athlete Peyman Jan achieved 382kg for the Silver medal and the Bronze went to his teammate Mehdi Karami with 380kg. World and Olympic Champion Akbar Djuraev from Uzbekistan moved up to +109kg in order to maximise the Gold medals for Uzbekistan successfully lifting 446kg, winning the 3rd Gold for Uzbekistan. Interesting to note the same difference of 35kg in front of the runner-up like his teammate in 109kg. Silver medal with 411kg went to 2022 Junior World Champion and 2018 Youth Olympic Champion Alireza Yousefi representing Islamic Republic of Iran, while the Bronze went to Hojamuhammet Toychyyev from Turkmenistan achieving the same result of 411kg. The last competition of the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games, Women’s +87 category was won by Asian Championships Bronze medallist Aizada Muptilda from Kazakhstan with 266kg. Her teammate, Lyubov Kovalchuk won the Silver medal with 261kg and Indonesian Nurul Akmal achieved the Bronze medal lifting