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
- IWF Junior World Championships
- South American Championships
- Pan-American Championships
- USA Weightlifting National Masters Championships
- European World Championships
- African World Championships
- Asian World Championships
- Oceania and Commonwealth Championships
- USA Weightlifting National Championships
- European Masters Championship
- Pan-American Youth Championships
- IWF Masters World Championships
- East Asia World Championships
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.
— Olympics (@Olympics) March 30, 2020
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
The Pan-American Masters Championships have been rescheduled to October 8-11.
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.”
The European Weightlifting Championships scheduled to take place in Moscow, Russia have been postponed until June 13th-21st according to the IWF’s announcement.
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.”
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“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.”
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.
There has yet to be a new date announced for the Oceania Masters Championships which were originally scheduled for June 5-7 but have been postponed.
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.”
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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.
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.”
The IWF announced on April 24th that the Masters World Championships originally scheduled for August 28th through September 9th has been canceled. The event was set to take place in Orlando, FL. The USA Masters committee has accepted to host the event in 2022.
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.
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.
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