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Change in schedule for the upcoming 2024 EWF Congress

Due to a technical matter, we have rescheduled the EWF Congress to be held on February 17, 2024, at Hotel Marinela in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Please take note of the following timings for the event:

  • Registration: 08:00 – 09:00
  • Congress: 09:00 – 15:00

The European Weightlifting Federation’s Executive Board has decided to relocate the 2024 Senior European Championships to the Bulgarian Weightlifting Federation which received the right to organize the most important continental competition and Paris 2024 Olympic Qualification Event in the capital city Sofia.


Venue: Arena Sofia;

Championships dates: The competition is scheduled to take place from 12 to 20 February, 2024;

EWF Congress: 11th of February 2024;

Accommodation: Delegates, participants and guests will be accommodated in the Hotels Marinela and Novotel in Sofia;

Arena Sofia, competition venue (outside)
Arena Sofia, competition venue (Inside)
Hotel Marinela
Hotel Novotel

The Republic of Bulgaria, with its rich history in sports, particularly in weightlifting, is a shining example of excellence. The nation’s inaugural Olympic medal in weightlifting was secured in the 1972 Munich Olympics by Norair Nurikyan – 60kg Category. This achievement was subsequently complemented by Yordan Bikov and Andon Nikolov, both of whom procured gold in their respective categories. The nation’s legacy was further augmented by Mladen Kuchev, Atanas Shopov, and Alexander Kraichev, who collectively contributed three silver medals, culminating in Bulgaria having a respectable record, a total of 37 Olympic medals in weightlifting.

Furthermore, Bulgaria has demonstrated exemplary capabilities in organizing weightlifting championships on a global scale. The country has previously hosted six World Championships and fourteen European Championships. Of these, Sofia has been the chosen venue for eight European Championships, which include five seniors (1965, 1971, 1993, 2000, 2005), two juniors (1977, 1998), and one youth championships (2006). Other important cities within Bulgaria, Varna, Haskovo, and Burgas, have also been privileged to host events.

The revitalized federation management team has gained unequivocal backing from the Ministry of Youth and Sport, the Bulgarian Olympic Committee and the City of Sofia, thanks to the outstanding devotion and work of President Mr. Arif Majed. Bulgarians’ shared goal is to stage an event that will go down in weightlifting history as a watershed moment. At the invitation of the BWF’s President, the EWF leadership took part yesterday in the official meetings with the sports authorities where they witnessed the confirmations of the support received by the host federation.

The EWF extends its warmest congratulations to the host federation and invitations to athletes, officials and weightlifting fans from across the European continent and not only to converge in Sofia 2024.


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