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Qualification System in Paris 2024

Last weekend, The International Weightlifting Federation arranged a congress in Tashkent where a plethora of questions concerning our sport – the Olympic Weightlifting – has been raised.

The selection and qualification system for the Olympic Games in Paris was one of those. I shall remind you that the International Olympic Committee has set several requirements about the number of categories as well the number of participants in the weight categories.

The most notable reasons are the expansion of the types of sports included in the Olympic Games, prolonged TV broadcasts and foremost the sanctions related to a collapsing count of doping cases. In this article, we are going to run through the main provisions of the Paris Olympics 2024 qualification system. 

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1. Weight Categories.

Let’s start with the most important thing – there are gonna be 5 weight categories for each gender in the forthcoming Olympics.

Men’s weightlifting weight classes:

  • 61kg
  • 73kg
  • 89kg
  • 102kg
  • +102kg

Women’s weightlifting weight classes:

  • 49kg
  • 59kg
  • 71kg
  • 81kg
  • +81kg

2. Quota places allocation

The total number of athletes is 120, meaning 60 men and 60 women. 55 of them could win the licenses, 4 (2 men and 2 women) quota places are guaranteed to the France National Team (Host country), another 6 (3 men and 3 women) are universality places that are going to be allocated at the discretion of the International Olympic Committee.

3. The Maximum number of athletes

Each country can provide 3 athletes of each gender. As for these Olympics, there can be only one athlete per weight category presented by each country.

4. Olympic Qualification Ranking

(OQR) is organized as follows. IWF is going to publish on their site the weightlifting total results (in kg) of all the participants claiming qualification in the weight category for the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024.

The qualification period will start on July the 1st 2022 and will come to an end on May 28, 2024.

The winners of the 2024 IWF World Cup in the Olympic weight category will get a quota place. If one more athlete with the same weight category from this country has a quota place, he will be automatically removed from the rankings. This will surely cause some friendly fire to happen

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Ihor Shymechko

Author: Ihor Shymechko
Pro Olympic Weightlifter, Coach

Experience: 26 years
Best Results: Snatch – 208 kg,
C&J – 240 kg

Ihor has been a professional weightlifter since 1996, boasting over two decades of competition experience. His notable achievements include clinching the European Championship in 2009 and securing a silver medal in the 105kg division at the Senior World Championships in 2011. Ihor represented his country in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Summer Olympics. After retiring from competitive weightlifting, he transitioned to coaching, leveraging his vast experience to guide athletes who now compete on both national and international stages.

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