By Craig Bohnert | Oct. 18, 2016, 12:37 p.m. (ET)
Jenny Arthur competes in the women's 75 kg. weight class during the 2015 International Weightlifting Federation World Championships at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Nov. 27, 2015 in Houston.


Anaheim, California, has been named the site of the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation World Championships after the original host city, Penang, Malaysia, relinquished its responsibilities.

The Anaheim Convention Center will serve as the venue for the event, which is scheduled for Nov. 28-Dec. 5, 2017.

"It is an honor to welcome the 2017 IWF World Championships to the United States," USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews said in a statement announcing the decision. "We thank the IWF Executive Board for their trust in hosting the sport's biggest event of 2017. We look forward to working with our partners at the IWF and Visit Anaheim to hold a great event for the athletes."

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Although it will mark the first time Anaheim has hosted the event, the Los Angeles metropolitan area has hosted a weightlifting world championships in the past. The Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games competition also was considered the world championships for that year.

The United States has hosted the worlds on six prior occasions, most recently in 2015 in Houston. The first weightlifting worlds held on U.S. soil was the men’s championship in 1947 in Philadelphia. It returned 23 years later, when Columbus, Ohio, hosted the 1970 event, followed in 1978 by Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the 1984 event in Los Angeles. Daytona Beach, Florida, hosted the women’s championship in 1987. The men’s and women’s championships were combined into a single event in 1991.