Update 17.03.2018: aaand that’s just what it was, a rumor…
Today IWF confirmed the dates for the 2018 World Championships in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan! (via)
But as we have seen with this years Europeans, things can move until the very last minute. So don’t book your flights yet (although I heard that TKM paid quite a lot of money to host…).
(Original post from 15.03.2018 below.)
According to Kazakh news sites the 2018 world weightlifting championships are going to be moved from Ashgabat, Turkmenistan to Kazakhstan! (via)
For now, there has not been an official statement by the IWF.
Recently an IWF Intercontinental Commission met in Astana (via).
As participants pointed out, the meeting chaired by IWF President Dr. Tamás Aján provided a unique opportunity and was fruitfully used to discuss issues of common interest, get updates from the IWF on items of particular concern to the Continental Federations. Unity, as key to progress and reinforcing the status of weightlifting on a global scale, was emphasized and, in general opinion, clearly manifest at the meeting.
If this rumor turns out to be true, this meeting was indeed fruitful 🙂