The International Weightlifting Federation released the 2019 version of the official weightlifting competition rule book.
Update: They added a section at the bottom highlighting all the changes.
What’s New in 2019
These are a couple of the bigger changes.
- 126.96.36.199 Touching the barbell with his / her footwear is a no lift!
- Jerk: The athlete must become motionless with the knees fully extended before
starting the Jerk.
Video Reviews (Section 3.3.7):
- 3.3.7 Video Playback Technology (VPT) (VPT is technology to review the Referees’ / Jury’s decision if challenged or in case of disagreement within the Jury.
188.8.131.52 At Senior, Junior and Youth World Championships, Olympic and Youth Olympic Games it is obligatory to apply VPT.
- When the decision of the majority of the Jury members differs from that of the Referees’ decisions, the Jury may review Referees’ decision and / or Jury’s own decision by way of VPT.
- Requirements for VPT:
a) A minimum of four (4) cameras: one (1) in front of the stage, two (2) on both sides diagonal to the stage, and one (1) at the back at platform level
b) VPT uses own-produced signal, however, it must be connected to the Videoboard and Television / Broadcasting to allow in-venue spectators and TV viewers watch the replay. When the Athlete or Team requests for a Challenge, Videoboard and / or TV must indicate “Challenge”
c) VPT must serve multi purposes, incl. video archives for later use (e.g. Technical
Official training, scientific analysis, seminars / education, etc.).
- The procedure can be started by Jury (by stopping the competition) or Athlete / Team (by submitting a Challenge Card to the Technical Controller) before the timing clock is started for the next attempt, or the next athlete having been called appears on the stage, whichever is the last. Upon receiving a Challenge Card, the Technical Controller shall immediately stop the competition.
- There is no limit in the number of replays, however, the Jury must make their decision as quickly as possible.
- To reverse the Referees’ decision, unanimity is required among the Jury Members.
- 9.1 Athlete / Team can only challenge the decisions of its own attempts.
- 9.2 One (1) Challenge Card is provided for each athlete at the weigh-in.
- 9.3 If the Athlete / Team wants to challenge the Referees’ or Jury’s decision a Challenge request shall be submitted to the nearest Technical Controller by using the
- 9.4 Upon receipt of a Challenge, the Technical Controller must stop the competition to forward the request to the Jury.
- 9.5 Challenge request can be made only once per athlete. However, if the Jury approves the Challenge, the Athlete / Team retains the Challenge right.
What’s New in 2018: (All changes are listed on the last two pages of the PDF)
- now your hair can touch the bar
- “In the case of tie(s) in different group(s), the athlete(s) who competed earlier in time will be ranked higher regardless the attempt number at which the athletes reached the relevant result.”
- scale precision was dropped from 10 grams to 50 grams
These were the 2017 Changes:
- Abolishment of bodyweight advantage (see 6.8.2), “who lifts more, wins!”. More Here
- 15/20kg rule for entry total weights (6.6.5) changed to 20kg for both genders
- Introduction of 8th bodyweight category for women (90kg, +90kg)
- Minimum Entry Totals application for Senior World championships
- Athlete Pass introduction (similar to Warm-up Pass) (3.3.5)
- 3.2.2 Only IWF authorized professional cameras, recording equipment or drones allowed in the Venue, within the FOP or in additional spaces.
Also updated: IWF Constitution and By Laws