IWF Executive Board meeting in Beijing, China
The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Executive Board voted Sunday to add a new weight category for women, which, when formally adopted, will bring gender equality to IWF-sanctioned events.
The new weight category adopted is 90kg. The super heavyweight category will move to +90kg.
"We are delighted the IWF Executive board took this major step to bring gender equality to our sport," USA Weightlifting Phil Andrews said. "We look forward to welcoming athletes to this weight category at the American Open in Orlando this December, pending a decision by the IWF Congress."
As previously announced, for the 2016 American Open, USA Weightlifting will allow competitors who qualified for the 75kg or +75kg category to move into the new weight category based on qualification totals made at the existing 75kg and +75kg qualification totals.
For future competitions:
For youth, the IWF Executive Board added a 75kg weight category for women. The super heavyweight category will move to +75kg.
The IWF Executive Board also voted to modify rules dealing with placement. The Board voted to abolish body weight advantage in ranking. Under the proposed rule, the higher ranking will be awarded to the athlete who lifts first.
These rule changes and new body weight categories must still be approved by the IWF Congress. The Congress will meet this autumn.