IWF World Championships head to China in 2022

Chen Guiming of China competes at the Ready Steady Tokyo - Weightlifting, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games test event (by Toru Hanai/Getty Images)

The International Weightlifting Federation has awarded its 2022 World Championships to the Chinese city of Chongqing.

The decision was taken during a two-day Executive Board meeting which saw discussions and updates from the IWF Committees and Commissions on a variety of subjects. President of the Chinese Weightlifting Association Jinqiang Zhou presented Chongqing’s bid to the Executive Board, with China to host the World Championships for the first time since Guangzhou’s event in 1995.

The Executive Board meeting was held on the eve of the 2019 World Championships, which is being held in Pattaya, Thailand from tomorrow (Wednesday) through to September 27.

The World Championships are held on an annual basis, with the exception of summer Olympic Games years, with last year’s event being staged in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Before Chongqing’s hosting of the 2022 Worlds, the Championships will head to Lima, Peru, in 2021.

IWF president Tamas Ajan said: “We are delighted to announce Chongqing as the host of the 2022 IWF World Championships. We are sure that they will host a world-class event that will showcase the new era for weightlifting in China.

“We have had a constructive Executive Board meeting here in Pattaya. It is important that all our members are able to contribute their ideas and feedback and that we engage in collaborative discussions on how best to lead our sport forward.

“We are at a very important time for the IWF and it is critical that we build on the strong foundation we have established for our athletes over the last few years. We will see how strong the health of weightlifting is this week during the World Championships which have attracted athletes from more nations than ever before.”