8th women bodyweight category approved by the EB in Beijing, CHN (25 September) and ratified by the Congress in Penang, MAS (19 October) achieving gender equality.

New categories in effect with 1 January 2017 are 90kg and 90kg for Junior and Senior, 75kg and 75kg for Youth.1st Youth Olympic Games (Women 46 lifters, 40 nations, Men 58 lifters, 48 nations).

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For the team classification 12-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 points are distributed for the 1st to 10th place (only for the total).

The following categories are valid: 52 kg Flyweight, 56 kg Bantamweight, 60 kg Featherweight, 67.5 kg Lightweight, 75 kg Middleweight, 82.5 kg Lightheavyweight, 90 kg Middleheavyweight, over 90 kg till 110 kg Heavyweight, over 110 kg Superheavyweight.

At Olympic Games and World Championships, seven lifters per country may participate, with a maximum of two lifters per category.

The organization’s new name is “Fédération Internationale Haltérophile et Culturiste", in short FIHC.

An IWF-conducted doping control is a condition for all the events.

27th September - 5th October, Donaueschingen: One minute (60 seconds) is given to competitors between the calling of their name and the beginning of their attempt.

It was unanimously agreed that any lifter caught in Los Angeles at the Olympic Games on the use of doping should be suspended for life.

27th July, IWF Congress, Los Angeles: For the team classification 16-14-13-12-11-10-9- 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 points are distributed for the 1st to 15th place.

New categories are introduced: 56 kg - Bantamweight, 60 kg - Featherweight, 67.5 kg - Lightweight, 75 kg - Middleweight, 82.5 kg - Lightheavyweight, 90 kg – Middleheavyweight and over 90 kg - Heavyweight.