IWF Approves Unitard for Competition

“The International Weightlifting Federation demonstrated its progressive strength today during the Junior World Championships by presenting alternatives to its traditional competition costumes,” opened an IWF press release that announced a rule change based on the review of “a proposal from the U.S. Olympic Committee and the USA Weightlifting Federation in relation to Muslim female athlete competition wear.

“The modified rule changes permits athletes to wear a one piece full body tight fitted ‘unitard’ under the compulsory weightlifting costume. The ‘unitard’ will enable technical officials to effectively adjudicate areas of the body which are essential to the correct execution of the lift.”

It was noted that head coverings “such as the hijab” have always been allowed in the sport.
For the full press release, please visit the IWF website.


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