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All the proposed rule changes were discussed at length at the IPF General Assembly Sunday 4th November. The following are the main ones passed:

a) T-shirts must now be worn by both male and female lifters for all three lifts.

b) Knee sleeves or wraps cannot be worn over one piece body suits.

c) Socks with a rubber outside sole lining are not permitted as footwear.

d) No change to bodyweight categories, but an additional female lifter now allowed for international teams.

e) A new bodyweight formula, known as the IPF Formula, will be introduced.  Goodlift and Nextlifter scoresheets will be updated.

f) Incomplete lifts must be indicated by a Yellow failure card.

These and other agreed changes will be included in the new Technical Rules, which will come into effect 1st January 2019 for four years.  These will be issued by the IPF in due course.


Arun Singh has decided to step down from this post and we would like to thank him for all his hard work and dedication during his long tenure. We therefore invite applications from anyone interested in taking on this important job, which should be sent to the CEO by 31st November 2018. The Duties of a Head Coach can be viewed here Duties of a Head Coach

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