Weightlifting’s Olympic Rebirth: Inclusion in the 2028 Games Marks a Historic Milestone

On October 13 2023 something remarkable occurred; weightlifting was officially included in the roster of sports, for the 2028 Olympic Games set to take place in Los Angeles, USA.

This decision had been deliberated upon by the Olympic Program Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It was subsequently approved by the executive committee. The proposal is expected to undergo ratification on October 16 2022. If all goes according to plan there will be a groundbreaking announcement in Mumbai, India introducing this addition to the world of sports.

Cyrille Tchatchet, from the Olympic Refugee Team, at the Toyko 2020 Games

It’s important to note that this decision did not happen out of air; it was a result of discussions between the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) and the IOC. The IWFs request aligns with their president and executive boards vision for promoting and expanding weightlifting on a scale.

Mohammed Jaloud, President of the IWF expressed gratitude and enthusiasm towards this development from the International Olympic Committee. He extended his appreciation for their commitment to advancing and popularizing weightlifting as a recognized sport.

Olympic Movement in Lausanne

Additionally he highlighted the IWFs implemented roadmap for development – a plan that involved extensive consultations with various international organizations aimed at promoting weightlifting. Furthermore he emphasized that weightlifting holds appeal and is relevant, across all integrated competitions.

Tanya Shaiko

Author: Tanya Shaiko
News Editor, Olympic Lifting Enthusiast

Oly Lifting Experience: 6 years
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I’m Tanya, and I just can’t do without fitness. About six years ago, I got into Olympic weightlifting and instantly fell in love with it. Weightlifting is like no other sport – it’s just you versus the bar. Driven by my unwavering passion for an active lifestyle, I’ve been eager to share my personal journey and sports enthusiasm with others. As a journalist and photographer, my interests come full circle, adding an extra dimension to the news column that I curate. This way, I keep my readers updated with the latest happenings in the sports world.

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