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The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) is a permanent non-profit organization composed of 188 affiliated National Federations worldwide, from all five Continents.  The IWF was founded in 1905 and is the sole controlling body for international weightlifting, being one of the oldest International Sport Federations IWF is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

For more information on the IWF please visit its website HERE

Download a copy of the IWF Technical Competition Rules and Regulations 2019

Download a copy of the IWF Anti-Doping Policy

Download a copy of the IWF Constitution and Bylaws 2013-2016

Download a copy of the IWF Technical Officials: Roles and Responsibilities - A Guide to Competition


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  • Promote Weightlifting as a core sport & support the development, health and unity for the benefit of all its stakeholders


  • To promote, lead and govern the sport of weightlifting throughout the world

  • To endorse the key values of the sport and the Olympic principles

  • To support all initiatives for peace and understanding

  • To advocate and ensure competitions in the spirit of Fair Play

  • To provide equal conditions for different Continents, countries, individuals without distinctions for reasons of race, colour, gender, religion or politics


  • To organise, control and develop the sport of weightlifting on an international scale

  • To govern the sport and the IWF in accordance with the principles and practice of parliamentary democracy and transparency

  • To establish the weightlifting Rules and Regulations

  • To control and regulate all international weightlifting competitions

  • To organize World Championships, Olympic Qualification competitions and other major events

  • To cooperate with the IOC on the organisation of Olympic Games, weightlifting events

  • To ensure the safety and health of the athletes and officials

  • To fight against doping

  • To support the development of weightlifting in National Federations

  • To supervise weightlifting events at Continental, Regional and other Multisport Games

  • To supervise the activities of Continental and Regional Federations

  • To register and govern the appointment of International Technical Officials

  • To educate athletes and officials

  • To safeguard the common interest and to ensure mutual respect and unity between the IWF and the National Federations

  • To record and verify world and Olympic records