China and India to host the next two Asian Weightlifting Championships. Getty Images

The 2024 Asian Weightlifting Championships began on 3 February in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent. The day before, the Asian Weightlifting Federation (AWF) held there its annual congress.

During the Congress, China and India were announced as the hosts of the next two Asian Veterans Championships and Kuwait was awarded its first major international competition, the 2025 Youth and Junior Championships. 

Jiangshan, the hometown of the double Olympic champion Zhan Xugang, will host the 2025 Asian Championships in its impressive 4,000-seat arena, and the 2026 Championships will be held in Gandhinagar, which is known as the "grassroots capital of Indian sport". Exact dates are yet to be confirmed. 

The AWF will also work with the IWF on a coaching licensing scheme. While the IWF, which will finalise the scheme later this year, will be responsible for licensing coaches at the highest level, the AWF will focus on providing information - without the need for exams - to national coaches. Details will be announced on the new website in due course. 

"This is a very important project for clean sport," said Jalood. "We will revoke the license of coaches if we find that they are responsible for doping their athletes."