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Rule Change- Touching The Bar

Please note the introduction of the new rule regarding touching the bar.

Rule Change- Touching The Bar

A no lift will be given if a competitor uses his/her foot to move the bar before their attempt. A no lift will also be given if a competitor puts their foot on the bar or plates before/after their attempt.

The main reason for this is hygiene, if their shoes are dirty, the bar may scratch the athlete's neck so the bar must be clean. The technical official must press the red button to indicate a no lift.

For further information on this rule change please contact the BWL competitions team on


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