In September 2023, the International Weightlifting Federation approved two key documents for its future - the 2024-2032 IWF Strategic Plan and the revision of the IWF Constitution.

Strategic plan

The 39-page Strategic Plan lays out the IWF's plans based on four pillars that cover athletes, events, governance and marketing and communications.

This document covers the period 2024 to 2032 and highlights more than 100 actions and strategies that will come into effect gradually. 

The plan can be read in full here.

The four pillars focus on various areas in which the IWF will look to improve:

Pillar one - Safeguarding the IWF's stars

  • Anti-doping strategy and transparency
  • Athlete safeguarding  
  • Entourage services  
  • Education 
  • Development programme 
  • Assistance to National Federations 
  • Enhance Olympic possibilities 
  • Ambassador programme

Pillar two - Enhancing the IWF events

  • Calendar programming 
  • Bidding and hosting follow-up 
  • Event organisation 
  • Innovative events 
  • Sports presentation 
  • ITO procedure
The strategic plan covers the period from 2034 to 2032 ©Getty Images
The strategic plan covers the period from 2034 to 2032 ©Getty Images

Pillar three - Keeping the IWF safe

  • Good governance strategy
  • Accountability checks
  • Revenue optimisation
  • Innovation and openness to change
  • Human resources
  • IOC Relations
  • Broader institutional relations

Pillar four - Reaching beyond the IWF

  • Marketing and sponsoring
  • Communication and promotion
  • Broadcasting right sales and production
  • Exploring digital possibilities/e-sport
  • Fan engagement

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The IWF constitution has been updated ©IWF
The IWF constitution has been updated ©IWF

The update of the IWF Constitution includes a formal review of the text, in order to simplify the reading and understanding of its content. 

Specific amendments clarify membership procedures of national governing bodies, and the regulation of continental and regional associations. 

The call for ordinary, special and electoral congresses, the revised quorum for approval of constitutional changes, the separation in the functions of the general secretary and the treasurer and precisions regarding the terms of office are also included.

"We have now a constitution that is more adapted to the modern functioning of our Federation," said IWF President Mohammed Jalood.

"We haven't changed any substantial aspect related to good governance mechanisms, we have simply added some precisions to facilitate their implementation."

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The IWF has validated a human rights and non-discriminatory policy, which applies to all participants involved in International Federation operations.

The final document was largely inspired by the International Olympic Committee policy on this matter.

Under the terms of the new policy, the IWF "commits to respect the human rights of athletes and advance their protection, particularly regarding issues in connection with doping".

The IWF also "places particular emphasis on identifying and addressing differential impacts based on gender and on promoting gender equality and preventing all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment".