International Weightlifting Federation
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Formation1905; 117 years ago (1905)
TypeSports Federation
HeadquartersLausanne, Switzerland
Region served
Official language
Mohamed Hassan Jaloud
AffiliationsInternational Olympic Committee
Revenue (2018)
US$4.10 million[1]
Expenses (2018)US$9.19 million[1]

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), headquartered in Lausanne, is the international governing body for the sport of Olympic weightlifting. The IWF was founded in 1905,[2] and has 192 Member Federations. The IWF President is Mohammed Hasan Jalood of Iraq.[3]

Originally called the Fédération Haltérophile International (FHI), it changed its name to IWF between the 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics.[4][5]


Doping in weightlifting was highlighted during the 2020 Olympic Games due to historic problems within the sport.[6][7] Due to corruption,[8] and the failure to establish significant reforms of the International Weightlifting Federation,[9] citing the continued endemic corruption and widespread doping issues, the IOC is threatening to drop weightlifting entirely from the Olympics unless substantial reforms are made to the sport.[10]


Its affiliated continental federations are:[11]

In response to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the IWF suspended athletes, coaches, and support personnel from Russia and Belarus on March 3, 2022, and forbade Russia from hosting any IWF competitions.[12]


See also


  1. ^ a b Perelman, Rich (24 May 2020). "Who's in the money? EXCLUSIVE analysis of our survey of International Federation finances". The Sports Examiner. Retrieved 5 June 2022.
  2. ^ "About". International Weightlifting Federation. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Its Olympic future in doubt, weightlifting names new leader". The Washington Post. 25 June 2022. Retrieved 25 June 2022.
  4. ^ 1972 Summer Olympics official report. Archived 2011-09-19 at the Wayback Machine Volume 1. Part 1. p. 99.
  5. ^ 1976 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 1. Part 1. p. 207.
  6. ^ Fujita, Junko (8 August 2021). "Olympics-Weightlifting-Tokyo 2020 marked by firsts, but recent scandals cloud outlook". Reuters. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  7. ^ "IOC concerned by 'very serious' doping allegations in weightlifting". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  8. ^ "IOC concerned by 'very serious' doping allegations in weightlifting". The Guardian. 6 January 2020. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  9. ^ Georgiev, Ognian; Belson, Ken (28 July 2021). "Weight Lifting, an Original Olympic Sport, May Be Dropped". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  10. ^ "IOC gives itself more power to remove sports from Olympics". The Washington Post. 8 August 2021. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  11. ^ "Continental Federations". International Weightlifting Federation. Archived from the original on 19 October 2008. Retrieved 12 December 2008.
  12. ^ "Agapitov actively supporting war say Ukraine Weightlifting Federation". 21 March 2022.