2020 IWF World Masters Championship Relocated to Orlando, FL

IWF World Masters Championship to be hosted by the USA this summer!

International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) sent out a press release earlier this week sharing a big announcement by the IWF Masters, USA Weightlifting, and USA Masters Weightlifting:

“The 2020 IWF World Masters Championship will be held in Orlando, Florida, USA from August 28th to September 5th.”

The IWF World Masters Championship was originally to be held in Obrigheim, Germany. Due to undisclosed reasons, Germany is no longer able to host the event. The United States was the runner-up to Germany at the conclusion of the bidding process held in Barcelona, Spain in 2018 and was invited to host the 2020 IWF World Masters Championship.

IWF Masters Weightlifting

The IWF World Masters Championship is an international competition for athletes at or over the age of 35. Along with weight class, athletes will compete in divisions by age of 5 year increments from 35 years of age to over 80 years of age.

The 2019 IWF World Masters Championship was held in Montreal, Canada where Marcel Perron, 86, of Canada and Kristi Brewer, 38, of the United States were ranked number one overall in the men’s and women’s categories respectively, according to the Sinclair-Meltzer-Faber (SMF) coefficients. The SMF formula is used to rank athletes results regardless of weight class or age.

Montreal 2019 IWF Masters World Championship

Statement from Denise Offermann, IWF Masters Chairwoman

“With deep appreciation THANK YOU to the USA Masters for stepping in to host the 2020 IWF Masters World Championship at short notice. We know that the USA as an active Masters federation will make excellent arrangements for the benefit of all Masters.”

Statement from Michael Cohen, USA Masters Weightlifting Committee Chair

“We are grateful to the IWF Masters for the opportunity to return the IWF  Masters World Championship to the United States of America for the first time in many years. We appreciate the trust placed upon us to deliver a world class event for Masters in just 8 months.”

Statement from Phil Andrews, USA Weightlifting Chief Executive Officer

“In recent years, the USA has hosted the Senior World and Youth World Championships, we are thrilled that the Masters level will also now get the opportunity to compete on home soil. We look forward to working closely with the IWF Masters and the USA Weightlifting Masters Committee to deliver a Worlds of the standard that has come to be expected from our hosting.”


What is masters weightlifting?

Masters weightlifting is Olympic weightlifting for athletes 35 years old or older.

Where is the 2020 IWF World Masters Championship?

The 2020 IWF World Masters Championship will be held in Orlando, FL from August 28th to September 5th.

Feature image logo from IWF Masters Weightlifting.