USA Weightlifting Features IWF Awards 2018 Juni...

IWF Awards 2018 Junior Worlds

By Kevin Farley | June 23, 2016, 12:12 p.m. (ET)

June 23, 2016

TBILISI, Georgia--- The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) today awarded the 2018 Junior World Championships to Pyongyang, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

“USA Weightlifting admires the IWF’s ambition to place sport before politics,” USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews said. “Together with our coaches, athletes, their parents and relevant authorities, we will evaluate US participation in the 2018 IWF Junior World Championships in Pyongyang,” Andrews said.

USA Weightlifting is committed to seeking opportunities to host IWF events as we work to continue growing our sport in the United States.

Today’s selection of the DPRK’s bid by the IWF Executive Board came at a board meeting held in conjunction with the 2016 Junior World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia.  

During today’s meeting, the IWF Executive Board voted in principle about reallocating 19 quotas (8 men and 11 women) available for the Rio Olympic Games, subject to approval of the International Olympic Committee.

According to the IWF, in order be fair and keep the balance between continents; considering ranking, universality and countries’ representation, (according to the current standing – subject to changes) the redistribution is as follows:

Africa: KEN (M) / MAR (W) MRI (W)
Asia: QAT (M) SRI (M) / IRQ (W) UAE (W)
Europe: GRE (M) ISR (M) / FIN (W) LAT (W) SWE (W)
Oceania: NRU (M) / SOL (W)
Pan-America: CHI (M) GUA (M) / ARG (W) PER (W) URU (W)

The redistribution of quotas was necessary after the Board’s actions yesterday