Are you a weightlifter? Then this might come as a shock to you. The Olympics will be changing the categories in terms of weight class at the 2020 Olympics. This is in hopes to make it fair for both men and women who are entering the competition. Fewer people will be able to participate in this part of the Olympics. Is this is a step in the right direction in the name of gender equality?
- Possibly the toughest part of this news will be waiting to find out which men’s class the IWF will eliminate.
- The number of male and female weightlifters in 2020 will be equal for the first time in Olympic history.
- While the IWF has approved the women’s 90kg weight class, the IOC does not plan on using it in Olympic competition.
“And while the number of male and female weightlifters in 2020 will be equal for the first time in Olympic history, this will come from a reduction in men’s weight classes as opposed to the addition of an eighth weight class for women.”