New technical rules!
PROGRESSION OF THE WEIGHT OF THE BARBELL
A study of the major events held since the introduction of the 1kg rule has shown that only an insignificant minority (0.4%) of the athletes ? whether men or women, and whether in snatch or in clean and jerk ? have accepted the 1kg automatic increase of the barbell?s weight from the 1st to the 2nd attempt. Reloading the barbell takes a lot of time. Therefore, it was decided that
as of 1st January 2007, the automatic progression of the weight of the barbell from the 1st attempt to the 2nd attempt is 2 kg (two kilogrammes)!
The 2kg minimum progression refers only to the 2nd attempt. It applies both in snatch and in clean and jerk, for men and women, for seniors and juniors. For 3rd attempts lifters may take the 1kg progression or any weight, multiples of 1kg, as before.
TIME LIMIT FOR WEIGHT CHANGE REQUEST
Competitions are too often slowed down when an athlete who follows himself/herself and has 2 minutes delays the announcement of his/her decision whether to take the automatically allocated weight or take more until the last second of his/her time. Many times, for 1 minute and 30 seconds there is no activity on the platform and the public is waiting for something to happen. This gives a bad image and takes a lot of unnecessary time from the competition.
Therefore, the IWF Executive Board decided that:
As of 1st January 2007, a request for changing the weight of the barbell must be announced within the FIRST 30 SECONDS of the allocated time! This is the same in both cases: the 1-minute and the 2-minute allocated times.
RESTING AREA IN WARM-UP
In order to eliminate the possibilities of manipulation, in future events organisers shall not provide separated cabins/booths for the participating teams in the warm-up area.