2019 IWF World Championships: Record Field Announced
BUDAPEST: IWF – International Weightlifting Federation announced a record field for the upcoming 2019 World Championships, which are to be held from 18th-27th September in Pattaya, Thailand.
After the final list has been verified, a total of 734 athletes from 105 nations are expected: a record for the IWF that demonstrates the universal appeal of this readily-accessible sport.
The entrants include athletes from countries which do not have an extensive record of participation in past IWF events, including countries like Botswana and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as weightlifting continues.
2017 and 2018 IWF Weightlifters of the year Lidia Valentin (ESP) and Lasha Talakhadze (GEO) will also be present, amid an impressive roster of past champions.
The IWF President commented that “The IWF has worked long and hard to ensure fair and clean competition in weightlifting. We are very happy to see this work delivering real results by widening the appeal of our sport,”
For the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, IWF expects that the coming IWF World Championship will evidence that how more countries than ever before are probably going to be competing for Olympic medals.
The entry list published is further proof of success for the International Federation’s efforts to promote the sport among women athletes. A total of 339 women are expected to compete alongside 395 men, bringing the IWF’s most prestigious competition a significant step closer towards gender equality. Teams such as Great Britain, Brazil, Denmark and Ecuador have rosters featuring more women than men athletes. Due to the IWF’s efforts, Iran for the first time will also enter a women weightlifters, while Iraq will also enter women athletes.
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