Turkmenistan to host Weightlifting World Championships in 2018
The International Weightlifting Federation has announced that the 2018 IWF World Championships will be held in Ashgabat, the capital city of Turkmenistan.
It was originally announced over two years ago that the contest would be held in Lima, Peru. There isn’t a lot of detail as to why the change took place, according to the press release.
Last month, the 2018 IWF Junior World Weightlifting Championships moved from North Korea to Uzbekistan, and even this year’s World Championships were originally slated to be held in Penang, Malaysia, until the city "encountered difficulties and resigned from (organizing) the event."
The IWF says that part of the reason they landed on Ashgabat as the venue for next year’s championships was that they successfully hosted the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in September, and weightlifters will be able to enjoy "state-of-the-art venues and facilities" that were constructed for that event.
The 2018 IWF World Championships will be held from November 24th to December 3rd.