The IWF Executive Board allocated two of its major events – the 2019 IWF Junior and Youth World Championships – at its meeting in Tokyo, JPN. While the 2019 Junior World Championships is allocated to Suva, FIJ (Fiji), 2019 Youth World Championships is allocated to Anaheim, USA.
2019 Junior World Championships
The Executive Board unanimously decided to attribute the hosting right to the Fiji Weightlifting Association and the city of Suva, FIJ.
Presentation was given by Atma Maharaj, President of the Fiji Weightlifting Association joined by HE Isikeli Mataitoga, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Fiji to Japan.
It is the first time since 1993 (Melbourne, AUS) that a country from the Oceania region will organize an IWF World Championships and first time ever in the Pacific region. Fiji hosted the Continental Qualification event for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as well as several regional weightlifting competitions. Dr. Robin Mitchell, ONOC President will also take the position of Organizing Committee Chair.
2019 Youth World Championships
The Executive Board unanimously decided to attribute the hosting right to the USA Weightlifting and the city of Anaheim, USA.
Ursula Garza Papandrea, President USA Weightlifting said: “In our aim to become a strong partner of the IWF we appreciate the trust they put in us to host another event.”
Anaheim will host the 2017 IWF World Championships in November and aspires to become a regular host of IWF events.
Presentation was given by Phil Andrews, CEO USA Weightlifting joined by Roy Edmondson, Vice President Sports Development Visit Anaheim as well as Anthony Brenneman, Sports Events Manager Sports Anaheim and Pedro Meloni, Competition Director USA Weightlifting.
Anaheim is also a partner of the Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid.