The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) launched its Development Programme in 2009 with the aim of giving support to its National, Continental and Regional Federations.

The main objectives of the programme are to organise, control and develop the sport on an international scale and to assist all Federations in their activities.

Federations have the possibility to develop their organisational, coaching, training, educational and anti-doping activities or improve in any other areas they might feel need for, with the assistance of the IWF.

The application process

  • A deadline is set for sending applications, which must be sent to the IWF Secretariat 
  • The IWF Secretariat collects and processes the applications
  • The IWF Development and Education Commission proposes on the allocation of funds or goods
  • The IWF Executive Board approves the proposal made by the Development and Education Commission
  • In the case of financial contribution, a maximum of 50 per cent of the allocated funds may be provided in advance
  • After the project, a duly documented summary report has to be presented, including invoices, receipts etc.
  • The IWF has the right to monitor and check the utilisation of the allocated funds or goods at the relevant organisation

Federations that can make applications are those which have no outstanding debts with the IWF, have no valid sanction(s) in force and are compliant with the IWF Constitution, Technical and Competition Rules and IWF Anti-Doping Policy.

Africa - Kenya

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A coaching and referee seminar was held in Nairobi in August 2015 by the Confederation of Eastern and Central Africa Weightlifting and the Kenya Weightlifting Federation.

The lectures were led by Kyle Pierce, member of the IWF Coaching and Research Committee and official expert of the IWF Education Programme.

Participants from Uganda, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Malawi and Kenya attended the seminar, which combined theoretical and practical exercises.

The seminars proved to be very beneficial for the athletes and coaches and have contributed to the growth of weightlifting in Kenya.

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Asia - Bahrain

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IWF DP Technical Seminar was held for Gulf nations Member Federations’ Technical Officials and Bahraini officials and athletes. In total 29 participants took part in the Seminar, representing the host country, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. In order to better understand the lectures there was translation from English to Arabic.

An advanced female weightlifting athlete participated in IWF DP Technical Seminar, considering a part of her Career Education which offers future option to be a licensed Technical Official. For Athletes, the seminar gave a good opportunity of their career education. There were lectures on the weigh-in and clarification of outfit, including for the athlete. The role and tasks of the chief marshal and the technical controller and verification of final entries was also discussed.

After the Seminar, examinations of the IWF International Technical Official licence were arranged and the participants took and passed the practical part.

Asia - Jordan

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Fifteen participants attended a seminar held in Jordan in November 2015.

Representatives of Palestine and Syria also came to get valuable knowledge in their efforts to develop the sport.

These regions are an important point of focus for the IWF, as they are looking to help them in achieving their goals and fulfilling their athletes’ dreams.

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Europe - Bosnia and Herzegovina

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The Weightlifting Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina organised a two-day long seminar in November 2015 for coaches of Serbia, Albania, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Lectures were delivered on several topics, including bodyweight reduction, weightlifting management and anti-doping.

After the lectures, a roundtable discussion was held.

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Oceania - Oceania Talent Identification Programme

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The Oceania Talent Identification Programme (OTIP) was implemented by the Oceania Weightlifting Federation in 2012.

It aims to identify talented students throughout the schools of the region, in particular the Pacific Island nations.

Financial support is provided by the IWF in the framework of the Development Programme’s contribution for Continental Federations.

The programme has grown each year with many of the students who have participated going on to compete in the Oceania Championships, the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games, the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby and the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa’s capital Apia.

In 2015, approximately 5,000 students took part in the programme and in 2014 the number stood at 4,338 students from 166 schools and 14 countries. 

Among the talents to have participated in the OTIP is David Katoatau, winner of Kiribati’s first Commonwealth Games medal at Glasgow 2014.

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Pan American - Bolivia

Image titleInitially the course was planned for 12 people but eventually grew to 50 people, including visitors and local people interested in preparing and participating in this course. Professor Luis Rosito from Guatemala and Professor Carlos Mora from Ecuador made lectures on this course.

After the theoretical session practical lessons were made for the participants. There was free medical control for the athletes and coaches.

As a result of this course the knowledge of the coaches of Bolivia was updated and hopefully new future trainers were formed.

The next step would be to organize a course for the Technical Officials.

Pan American - Chile

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In 2013, the Chilean Weightlifting Federation proposed developing a basic seminar in each of the country’s 15 regions’ capital cities.

The programme included seminars in Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta, Copiapó, La Serena, Valparaíso, Santiago, Rancagua, Talca, Concepción, Temuco, Valdivia, Puerto Montt, Coyaique and Punta Arenas.

The seminar is organised on different levels and with several stops in order to cover the financial demands derived from the long distances between the cities involved.

The idea is to improve weightlifting development where it is underdeveloped and to consolidate it where it is strong.

Six of the capital cities have already staged the seminar and it is hoped it could soon be launched in smaller cities.

Weightlifting was not developed, for example, in Valdivia, a city and commune in southern Chile, until August 2014, at which point the country’s Weightlifting Federation developed the first National Club Championship.

Pan American - Trinidad and Tobago

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This was the first delivery by Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Weightlifting Federation of a foundation research course of weightlifting, working in collaboration with the University of Trinidad and Tobago.

The aim was for the students to gain a basic understanding of the lifts, how and when to apply the assistant exercises, as well as to undertake and appraise a weightlifting session.

The research element of the course was designed with the aim of tracking the progress of the lifts through monitoring the trajectory of the bar, including also its velocity and acceleration.

A brief history of the sport, on when and how it developed, including its past and present lifters and achievements was then covered.

There was a health and safety section which had several strands that examined how to write an accident report.

The Federation also included a section on how safe Olympic Weightlifting is.