USA Weightlifting Features Olympic Preps Contin...

Olympic Preps Continue and New Category for Women Approved at IWF Congress

By Kevin Farley | June 24, 2016, 1:07 p.m. (ET)

TBILISI, Georgia – Good progress is being made in the preparations for Weightlifting competition at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) reported Friday.

Pedro Meloni, Rio 2016 Weightlifting Sport Manager, told the IWF Congress in Tbilisi, Georgia, that preparations are in an advanced stage. Meloni said Weightlifting competitions will not be affected by budget and service cuts announced by government officials in Brazil.

After the Rio Olympic & Paralympic Games, Meloni will join USA Weightlifting as Senior Manager, Events.

120 delegates representing 48 member federations attended the IWF Congress Friday. USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews and USA Weightlifting Board Chair Ursula Garza Papandrea represented the United States at the IWF Congress.

The Congress also expanded the sport by endorsing an eighth bodyweight category for Women. That equals the number of categories for men.

Members also approved Burundi as the 192nd IWF Member Federation at Friday’s Congress.

The IWF Congress was held in conjunction with the 2016 Junior World Championships that begin Saturday. You can read about the Team USA's lift times by clicking here. Learn more about the IWF Congress meeting by clicking here.