Last week an International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Working Group met in Budapest to work through possible weight category proposals. The goal of the working group is to come up with one proposal to submit to the IWF Committees and Executive Board during their meeting in July.

The working group was formed in response to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision to reduce the number of athletes and weight categories allowed in the 2020 Olympics. In November 2017, the IWF decided to increase the number of weight categories to 10 (from 8) in each gender for its World Championship and other non-Olympic events. From those 10 categories, athletes would be selected to fill out the seven Olympic weight categories.

Coming out of the meetings, Iranian Olympic gold medalist Kianoush Rostami posted photos of possible new weight categories on his Instagram story. Dmitryi Chumak, a Ukranian weightlifter, posted the same weight categories.

Rumored new IWF weight categories by Kianoush Rostami.
Rumored new IWF weight categories by Kianoush Rostami.
Rumored new IWF weight categories by Dmitryi Chumak.
Rumored new IWF weight categories by Dmitryi Chumak.
Rumored new IWF weight categories by Dmitryi Chumak.
Rumored new IWF weight categories by Dmitryi Chumak.

There are other rumors floating around that are much different than those shared by Rostami and Chumak so it is still just speculation at this time. Some have commented on Instagram that they do not expect the IWF to keep any existing weight categories and to create all different categories to start over with world records.

We will all find out very soon. Stay tuned.