Lima lands 2018 Weightlifting World Championships

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has awarded its 2018 World Championships to the Peruvian capital of Lima.

The decision comes after the IWF in September said that six cities from three continents lodged bids. Featuring a total of 15 weight categories across male and female competitions, the event is staged on an annual basis, with the exception of years in which the Olympic Games take place.

The Turkish city of Antalya, which hosted the event in 2010, had originally lodged a bid for the 2018 Championships, along with Lima, which staged the men’s event in 1971 before the competition was combined with the women’s event.

Phuket in Thailand was bidding to stage the Championships for the first time, while the Georgian capital of Tbilisi also lodged a bid. Tirana in Albania was also confirmed as a bidding city, while the Japanese capital of Tokyo was hoping to expand its portfolio of major sporting events by bidding to host the event for the first time since staging the men’s event in 1964.

The IWF said that it eventually reviewed bid documents from five candidates, before shortening the potential destinations to Antalya and the victorious bidder, Lima. The decision was made as the IWF Executive Board concluded its two-day meeting in Houston yesterday (Thursday) prior to the 2015 World Championships commencing in the US city today (Friday).

In other developments from the meeting, the board decided to withdraw the 2016 Junior World Championships from Tunis, Tunisia and reallocate it to Tbilisi, Georgia. The IWF said this was due to “security considerations and certain technical difficulties” reported by the original host.

Elsewhere, the board reported that significant improvements have been achieved in increasing the publicity and visibility of weightlifting thanks to new communication policies and activities, including professional cooperation with the media and production of films under the theme ‘Road to Rio’ for the 2016 Olympic Games.

A new marketing structure was presented and will now be studied further in order to better exploit the potential of the sport. A series of World Cup and Grand Prix events have also been proposed to keep the international stars of weightlifting onstage and onscreen throughout the year.