2006 Worlds to be included in Olympic Qualification Process
The IWF Executive Board decided to extend the range of competitions counting as Qualification Events for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games by including the 2006 World Weightlifting Championships.
Thus, teams participating in the 2006 Worlds to be held 31 October to 9 November 2006, may collect points for Olympic slots already in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
However, the 2007 World Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand, also keeps its character as the Main Qualification Event.
The IWF hopes, on the one hand, to boost the participation in both world events, on the other hand, to relieve some of the pressure from the 2007 Qualification World Championships.
Details of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Qualification System will soon be published, following finalization and co-ordination with the IOC.
As regards the two World Championships, 2006 and 2007, NOCs may score points for the Total Team Classification at a rate of 1 : 1.2
100 points for a NOC in 2007 Chiang Mai will count as 120 points, to be added to points scored in the 2006 Santo Domingo Worlds, which count as 100%.