From 1st to 10th November this year, the capital of Turkmenistan will host the world championship in weightlifting.
The Executive Committee of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) decided to hold the 2018 World Weightlifting Championship in the capital of Turkmenistan – Ashgabat. Weightlifting was among the 21 disciplines in the program of 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, held in September in the Turkmen capital. The 2018 World Weightlifting Championship will be held in the same arena, where the weightlifting competitions AIMAG-2017 were held. Initially, the World Weightlifting Championship was planned to be held in Lima (Peru), but the Peruvian side refused the status of the country hosting of the tournament due to some problems with its organization, in particular, to the unwillingness of the sports center, where the event would take place. The IWF Executive Council unanimously supported the proposal to organize a world championship in Ashgabat. Application of the Weightlifting Federation of Turkmenistan was based on the fact that for the organization of the championship the heritage of the Asian Games – a great sports facilities of the Olympic Village with the most modern infrastructure – can be used. The athletics arena here was successfully tested not only at the Games, but also earlier in the same year, during the test competitions – the Asian Championships. Athletes, who will come to the World Weightlifting Championship in Ashgabat, will be able to enjoy the most modern venues and facilities that were built for AIMAG-2017.
President of the International Weightlifting Federation, Honorary Member of the International Olympic Committee Tamas Ajan congratulated President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on the choice of Ashgabat as the venue for the World Weightlifting Championship in November 2018. We all remember the excellent and successful organization of the Asian Weightlifting Championship in Ashgabat in April this year, and the 5th Asian Indoor and the Martial Arts Games in September this year. We are still under the impression of remarkable facilities of the Olympic Complex in the white marble capital of your country, as well as great hospitality of the Turkmen people, the message says.
Expressing confidence that the 2018 World Weightlifting Championship will be organized at the highest level, Tamas Ajan thanked President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for giving the constant support to development of sports in Turkmenistan, having expressed the best wishes for great success in organizing the World Championship.