Weightlifting: IWF Absolute Rankings Decide Majority of Olympic Qualifiers
The International Weightlifting Federation has revealed the initial athlete qualifiers to the Olympics. The qualifiers were based on the Absolute Ranking. The top 8 eligible athletes along with the highest ranked eligible athlete from each continent, for a total of 13 places per event qualified to the games.
Athletes could obtain points at various events spread across three qualification periods (November 2018-April 2019, May 2019-October 2019 and November 2019-April 2020+October 2020-May 2021). Athletes must participate in at least four events and compete in at least one event during the first two qualification periods. Additionally, athletes must participate in one gold or silver level competition.
Nations can only qualify a maximum of one athlete per event a total of 4 men and 4 women should they have fewer than 10 doping violations between August 2008 and July 2021, 2 men and 2 women should they have 10 or more and fewer than 20 doping violations or 1 man and 1 woman should they have more than 20 doping violations. Additionally, should 3 or more doping violations exist between November 2018 and July 2021 then the nation would be suspended and be unable to send athletes to the Olympics.
Additionally, nations can only qualify a maximum of three men and/or three women solely from the continental quotas. Should a nation be eligible for more quotas than their maximum allotment then they must choose which athletes to send.
After taking all of this into account, 62 nations have currently qualified at least one athlete. China, Colombia, South Korea and the United States have qualified a maximum of 4 men and 4 women. Some continental quotas, specifically the men’s -81kg (Asia), men’s +109kg (Africa) and women’s +87kg (Africa) were not allocated due to no eligible nations being available. According to the IWF they will be reallocated at a later time along with the host and tripartite quotas.
Additionally, doping testing has not been completed meaning some athletes may be suspended. Neither has the disciplinary hearings for Colombia, Romania and Vietnam which may cause the suspension of those nations. The IWF will confirm the final allocation of quotas in the coming weeks.