2020 Weightlifting Events Canceled or Postponed Due To Coronavirus (Updated)

A continuously updated list of the status of weightlifting events.

The coronavirus pandemic is causing multiple Olympic weightlifting events to be canceled, postponed, or otherwise affected. We at BarBend decided it would be helpful to have a continuously updated list of canceled and postponed weightlifting events. This information has been sourced from the International Weightlifting Federation’s calendar and news feed.

Here are the events that have had details published about or have been affected thus far:

2020 Tokyo Olympic Games – July 24-August 9

No, they’re not canceled, despite considerable speculation. But the Olympic Games have been officially postponed until 2021. 

On March 30th, the IOC, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, the Tokyo metropolitan government, and the Japanese government announced their agreement to hold the Olympic Games on July 23rd to August 8th, 2021.

The Paralympic Games have a new date of August 24th to September 5th.

Initially, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) reportedly considered prohibiting spectators. This is a tactic that other major events have implemented including the Arnold Sports Festival and the Olympic Torch Relay.

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IWF Junior World Championships – March 14-21

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Junior World Championships were set to take place in Bucharest, Romania were canceled just two weeks prior to their scheduled start date per the communication from the IWF:

“…the health and wellbeing of participants has been a key priority … we understand and respect the Romania Weightlifting Federation and International Weightlifting Federation’s decision to cancel the 2020 IWF Junior World Championships.”

2020 South American Championships – March 18-23

According to a press release from the IWF on March 16, the South American Championships originally scheduled for March 18-23 in Cali, Colombia have been postponed:

“Columbian Weightlifting Federation has decided to postpone the South American, Ibero-American & OPEN Senior Championships, that was due to be held [March] 18-23 in Cali, COL.”

2020 Pan American Championships – April 14-24

Per the announcement made on March 20 by the Executive Committee of the Pan American Weightlifting Federation (PAWF), the 2020 Pan American Championships have been postponed:

“…with the consent of the Local Organizing Committee, postponed the 2020 Pan American Championship (14-24 April, Santo Domingo, DOM) to a yet unknown date.”

USA Weightlifting National Masters Championships – April 16-20

According to a press release on March 13th by USA Weightlifting, the National Masters Championships originally scheduled to take place in Orlando, Florida have been postponed.

“USA Masters Weightlifting has made the decision to postpone our National Masters Championships to coincide with the World Championships in late August.”

This event will happen “in conjunction with the Worlds, with totals counting for both events”. USA Masters President, Michael Cohen, stated on the USA Masters Facebook page that due to the circumstances compelled by the coronavirus pandemic, “USA Masters will allow local sanctioned meets to count as qualifiers for the World Championships this year.”

Pan American Weightlifting Championships – April 18-24

The Pan American Weightlifting Championships are currently going ahead in the Dominican Republic as scheduled.

European Weightlifting Championships – April 13-21

The European Weightlifting Championships scheduled to take place in Moscow, Russia have been postponed until June 13th-21st according to the IWF’s announcement.

African Weightlifting Championships – April 13-21

The African Weightlifting Championships were scheduled to take place in Vacoas, Mauritius at the same time as the European Weightlifting Championships. As per the IWF’s announcement, the event is postponed and will now be held from June 15th-23rd instead. But then the Weightlifting Federation of Africa decided to postpone again following the IOC’s decision to postpone the Olympic Games.

“The WFA will announce the new dates after the Olympic Qualification System has been amended.”

Asian Weightlifting Championships – April 16-25

The Asian Weightlifting Championships were set to take place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan but have been postponed until a date to be determined according to the announcement from the IWF:

“Because of the global spread of the coronavirus and travel restrictions implemented by many countries around the world, the Local Organizing Committee decided to postpone the Asian Championships…to a yet unknown date.”

Oceania and Commonwealth Championships – April 21-25

According to the IWF’s announcement on March 14th, the Oceania Senior, Junior, and Youth Championships have been postponed. In that same announcement, it was confirmed that the Commonwealth Senior, Junior, and Youth Championships were also postponed. Both Championships were originally scheduled for April 21-25 in Nauru, Oceania.

USA Weightlifting National Championships – May 14-17

According to a press release on March 25th from USA Weightlifting (USAW), the USAW National Championships originally scheduled for May 14-17 in Lombard, Illinois have been postponed.

“The 2020 National Championships, originally scheduled for May 14-17 will now move to Atlanta and held in conjunction with the 2020 American Open Finals December 3-6 at the Georgia International Convention Center.”

European Masters Championships – May 16-23

On March 17th, the IWF shared a press release that revealed details regarding the European Masters Championships postponement. The event was originally scheduled for May 16-23 and will now be held on November 28 through December 5th. Here were the additional details from the statement:

  • Registration will still close on March 30 as scheduled.
  • An additional one month registration period has been added from August 15 through September 15.
  • The European Masters qualifying period will be extended until September 15th.

Pan American Youth Championships – June 23-28

According to a press release by the IW, the Pan American Youth Championships originally due to be held on June 23rd-28th have been postponed.

“The board will decide on the exact calendar in approximately one month.”

East Asia Weightlifting Championships – February 27-March 3

The first East Asia Weightlifting Championships were scheduled to take place in Seoul, South Korea but were postponed the day before the competition was set to begin. It was a Silver level Qualification event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. According to the IWF’s announcement, a new date has not yet been selected.

Other Important Weightlifting Events

Between now and the Olympics, several weightlifting events are still scheduled for their original dates, including the South American, Ibero-American & Open Senior Championships (March 13 to 23), Pan-Americn Weightlifting Championships (April 18 to 24), Oceana Senior, Junior, and Youth Championships (April 21 to 25), and the Commonwealth Senior and Junior Championships (April 21 to 25). Currently, they’re going ahead as planned.

FAQs

Are the IWF Junior World Championships canceled?

Yes. The International Weightlifting Federation Junior World Championships have been canceled.

Are the European Weightlifting Championships canceled?

The European Weightlifting Championships have not been canceled. However, they have been postponed until June 13th-21st.

Are the African Weightlifting Championships canceled?

The African Weightlifting Championships have not been canceled. However, they have been postponed until June 15th-23rd.

Are the Asian Weightlifting Championships canceled?

The Asian Weightlifting Championships have not been canceled. However, they have been postponed until a date yet to be determined.

Are the East Asia Weightlifting Championships canceled?

The East Asian Weightlifting Championships have not been canceled. However, they have been postponed until a date yet to be determined.

Feature image from IWF’s Instagram page: @iwfnet

Phil Blechman

Phil Blechman

Phil is a native New Yorker passionate about storytelling, bodybuilding, and game design. He holds a BFA from Syracuse University.

Before becoming a Staff Writer at BarBend, Phil worked on the creative team and as on-air talent at World Wrestling Entertainment, as a narrator for Audible.com with over a dozen titles, and as a producer, director, and playwright Off-Broadway in New York City where he worked for The Araca Group and co-founded IJB Theatrical Productions. He can be heard as a voice performer for Just Press Playhouse audio productions and as a co-host of the Eternal Durdles podcast.

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