Weightlifting Changes In The New Year (2017)

There are lots of changes happening to the world of Weightlifting. New rulings, new bodyweight classes and big movements to the prohibited list. Also, we've got the new coaching regulations in the UK taking place in the new year. Read about the 2017 changes below:

New Bodyweight Groups

International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) add new bodyweight groups to Women’s Weightlifting. Women's Senior and Junior events see a 90kg and 90kg+ categories to replace the 75kg+. Women’s Youth events add 75kg & 75kg+ to replace 69kg+. More info on the change can be found here

Bodyweight Advantage

The bodyweight advantage will be removed as of January 1st 2017. Traditionally, in the event of a tie in a competition the person who has the lighter body-weight would be declared the winner. New ruling by IWF means they are removing the bodyweight advantage so in the event of a tie, it’s who successfully lifted the weight first, wins. If there is a tie the winner will depend on the weights chosen and a lot number (randomly assigned to lifters prior to the competition).

New 2017 Prohibited List With Some Big Changes

The new 2017 prohibited list has been released by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) and includes inhalers being placed on the banned list with restrictions in their usage. Salbutamol, traditionally the brown inhaler and Ventolin, the blue inhaler are just two on the list from January 1st 2017. The new list and restriction details can be found below.

Taken from UKAD (UK Anti Doping) Website:

"Salbutamol Inhalers (aka Albuterol or marketed as Ventolin)
• Commonly used to treat asthma. Previously, an inhaled dosage of no greater than 1600 micrograms was permitted over 24 hours. However, it was never the intention that this meant that athletes could inhale 1600 micrograms in one go or over a few hours
• Dosing parameters of inhaled salbutamol have been amended to reflect that athletes are allowed a maximum of 1600 micrograms over 24 hours, but not to exceed 800 micrograms every 12 hours
• Salbutamol inhalers commonly dispense either 100 or 200 micrograms per puff/inhalation, this relates to an allowance of either 8 or 4 inhalations respectively per 12-hour period
• Dose per inhalation can vary between inhalers, therefore athletes should ask their doctor or check the patient information leaflet which accompanies their prescribed inhaler to establish the dose administered in each inhalation
• If an athlete requires more than 800 micrograms in a 12-hour period they should consult their doctor and contact UKAD to determine if they need to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)

Salmeterol

• Commonly used to treat asthma
• It is usually administered via inhalation twice a day, in the morning and evening, about 12 hours apart
• Under the 2017 List, the maximum allowable dosage of salmeterol has been defined for the first time as “200 micrograms over 24 hours”. This is consistent with manufacturers’ recommendations
• In previous versions of the List, no dosage was provided and instead athletes were advised that inhaled salmeterol was permitted “in accordance with the manufactures’ recommended therapeutic regimen”
• Dose per inhalation can vary between inhalers, therefore athletes should ask their doctor or check the patient information leaflet which accompanies their prescribed inhaler to establish the dose administered in each inhalation
• If an athlete requires more than 200 micrograms over 24 hours, they should consult their doctor and contact UKAD to determine if they need to apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). "

For the full list of prohibited substances click here.

UK News

Coaches must hold a British Weight Lifting (BWL) Level 2 accredited coaching certificate or a level 2 (from BAWLA, BWLA or non accredited BWL) with a bridging course to enter the warm up area of BWL competitions as of January 1st 2017. More info on BWL’s changes to coaching here.

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