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2020 International Competition Qualification

Due to the on-going challenges caused by Covid-19, the 2020 international weightlifting competition calendar remains very uncertain.

BWL feels strongly that any decision to send teams to international competitions in-light of the challenges around the world must be continually reviewed on a case by case basis. BWL will continue to review guidance shared by the British Government, UK Sport, Public Health organisations across the UK and other key stake holders to inform our understanding of the risks, challenges and restrictions across both the domestic and international landscape.

We appreciate this is a difficult and uncertain time for all of Britain’s leading Weightlifters, but we ask you to respect that the health and safety of all athletes, support staff and their families will remain our main priority for any decisions made on the selection of GBR international competition teams while the challenges around Covid-19 continue.

Any queries about changes to the ‘Minimum Eligibility Criteria’ for 2020 competition should be sent to BWL Talent Pathway Manager  

BWL All-Category Rankings

International Qualification Standards

Male Olympic Pathway standards

Female Olympic Pathway standards

Female Commonwealth Pathway standards

Male Commonwealth Pathway standards

Male Development standards

Female Development standards

BWL Amended Standards 2020

Selection Policies

EWF European Senior Championships Selection Policy

EWF European Youth Championships Selection Policy

EWF European Junior & Under 23 Championships Selection Policy

FISU World University Championships Selection Policy

IWF World Youth Championships Selection Policy

Qualification Timeline

We aim to release selection policies as soon as possible after the IWF/EWF confirm the dates and locations of the competition each year. Once the selection policy is released we attempt to keep as closely as possible to the schedule highlighted below.


Selection Philosophy

BWL IQS (International Qualification standards) are based on statistical analysis of predicted Commonwealth Games medal zones.

 All age-group totals (Youth, Junior & U23) will be based on these standards from 2019. The standards are mapped across age-groups using averages of the long term career trajectories’ of Britain’s historic CWG medal winners.

Senior IQS from 2022 will be based on Commonwealth Games Medal Zone performance standards. Until 2022 a minimum standard will be used which will ensure the countries top lifters get a chance to remain eligible to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics .

BWL selection policies are created to provide opportunities to gain international competition experience for GB lifters who demonstrate the potential to contribute towards Medals at Birmingham 2022, Paris 2024, or future World and European Senior championships.


Application of Interest

It is essential that you submit the application of interest and the 2 relevant supporting documents below no later than 14 weeks before an international competition to ensure you are eligible for selection.  

Application of interest form 

IRTP new athlete form 

Support personnel anti-doping declaration form

All the above documents can be downloaded as a word document by visiting the resource centre here

Eligibility and Selection Process

Please read the following documents carefully to help you understand your eligibility and how the selection process for international competition teams is conducted.


Selection Process 


























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