The coronavirus pandemic is causing multiple Olympic weightlifting events to be cancelled, 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 effected thus far:
2020 Tokyo Olympic Games – July 24-August 9
No, they’re not canceled, but we’re mentioning it because “Are the Olympics canceled?” is one of the most frequently asked questions. The Olympic Games are still slated to continue as scheduled, despite considerable speculation.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has made clear that the Games will happen as scheduled but are reportedly considering prohibiting spectators. This is a tactic that other major events have implemented including the Arnold Sports Festival and the Olympic Torch Relay.
President Trump actually suggested postponing the Olympics until next year, but Japan’s Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto said on March 12,
The IOC and the organizing committee are not considering cancellation or a postponement — absolutely not at all.
IWF Junior World Championships – March 14-21
The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Junior World Championships were set to take place in Bucharest, Romania were cancelled 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.”
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.
Asian Weightlifting Championships – April 16-25
“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.”
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.
Are the IWF Junior World Championships cancelled?
Yes. The International Weightlifting Federation Junior World Championships have been cancelled.
Are the European Weightlifting Championships cancelled?
The European Weightlifting Championships have not been cancelled. However, they have been postponed until June 13th-21st.
Are the African Weightlifting Championships cancelled?
The African Weightlifting Championships have not been cancelled. However, they have been postponed until June 15th-23rd.
Are the Asian Weightlifting Championships cancelled?
The Asian Weightlifting Championships have not been cancelled. However, they have been postponed until a date yet to be determined.
Are the East Asia Weightlifting Championships cancelled?
The East Asian Weightlifting Championships have not been cancelled. However, they have been postponed until a date yet to be determined.
Feature image from IWF’s Instagram page: @iwfnet
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