2017 IWF Championships Moved to Anaheim

By Matt Swenson, October 21, 2016

The 2017 IWF World Championships are headed to Anaheim, California. Penang, Malaysia, was forced to withdraw as host, opening the door for Sports Anaheim to flex its sports tourism muscles. The event will be held Nov. 28 to Dec. 5, 2017, at Anaheim Convention Center.

It will be the first time Anaheim has hosted the world’s largest weightlifting competition. However, the convention center was used for wrestling during the 1984 Olympics.

There’s a decent chance the IWF Championships could be a preview of the 2024 Summer Games. Los Angeles is competing with Paris and Budapest—Rome dropped out after a devastating earthquake—and the International Olympic Committee is expected to make a decision three months prior to the weightlifting event.

Houston hosted the IWF worlds in 2015. USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews expressed excitement about a second chance in three years to bring the event to this country. “We thank the IWF executive board for their trust in hosting the sport’s biggest event of 2017,” Andrews said in a statement.

If nothing else, the victory for Sports Anaheim is a testament to why Visit Anaheim created a sports commission within the CVB earlier this year.

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