At the Olympic Congress 1948 in London, the possibility of establishing Continental Federations was discussed for the first time by Mr. Dietrich Wortmann, Vice President of the World Federation since 1932. His proposal was enjoying the support of delegates from 22 countries and waiting for further elaboration at the following meetings. He Suggest that should be a representative in each continent who would be officially responsible for holding all international meetings in that continent, supervising any international matters in his own district, and sending in reports and records to the Fédération Internationale Haltérophile.Ten years after this proposal in 1958 by the establishment of the Asian Weightlifting Federation ( AWF ) in Tokyo and regulated the championships by own.
The ASIAN WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATION (AWF) is a non for profit organization composed of 45 affiliated National Federations from all Asian Countries.
The AWF is the official governing body for the sport of weightlifting in Asia. It is responsible for organizing competitions such as the Asian Weightlifting Championships with special regard to the IWF Constitution and By-Laws, the IWF Technical and Competition Rules& Regulations and the IWF Anti-Doping Policy.
The AWF operates under the guidance of the IWF and according to its regulations concerning Continental and Regional Federations.
The AWF is recognized by the IWF and Olympic Council of Asia (“OCA”) as the sole controlling body for Asian weightlifting.
To be the world’s leading Confederation and ensure Asian Weightlifting success in the sport worldwide. Make the Asian Weightlifting to be number one throughout the international competitions.
Through its activities, the AWF complies with the fundamental principles of Olympism. It endorses the key values of sport. It maintains its autonomy.
It promotes weightlifting and its development as a core sport; it supports health and maintains unity for the benefit of all its stakeholders.
The objective of the AWF is to govern the sport of weightlifting in Asia, in accordance with the principles of democracy, good governance and transparency.
To organize, control and develop the sport of weightlifting in Asia;
To organize Asian Championships.
To cooperate with the IWF and OCA in the organization of weightlifting events at the Asian Games and other major events.
To ensure the safety and health of the athletes and officials; fight against doping; fight against corruption and bribery;
To support the development of weightlifting in Member Federations; Appoint international technical officials at Asian championships; Educate athletes and officials.