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Six cities in contention for 2018 IWF World Championships

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has confirmed that six cities from three continents have lodged bids to host the 2018 edition of its World Championships.

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.

Ahead of this year’s event, which will run from November 20-29 in the Texan city of Houston in the United States, the IWF has announced the contenders for hosting rights to the 2018 Championships.

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

Phuket in Thailand is bidding to stage the Championships for the first time, while the Georgian capital of Tbilisi has also lodged a bid. Tirana in Albania has also been confirmed as a bidding city, while the Japanese capital of Tokyo is 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.

Bid cities have until October 17 to submit their candidature file, together with a guarantee or support letter, to the IWF. Bidding parties will the present their candidatures at the next IWF Executive Board meeting around the time of this year’s Championships, where the IWF will select a host for the 2018 event.