Who we are
- The Weightlifting Federation of Africa (WFA) is a permanent non-profit organization composed of 35 affiliated National Federations.
- Weightlifting was one of the first sports included already in the first Modern Olympic Games 1896.
- The WFA was founded in the year of 1978 in Egypt.
- The WFA is the continental controlling body for weightlifting.
- The WFA is recognized by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the sole controlling body for international weightlifting.
- The IWF is a member of SportAccord and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF).
- The WFA is a member of the Association of African Sports Confederations.
- Promote Weightlifting as a core sport & support the development, health and unity for the benefit of all its stakeholders.
- To promote, lead and govern the sport of weightlifting throughout the continent .
- To endorse the key values of the sport and the Olympic principles.
- To support all initiatives for peace and understanding.
- To advocate and ensure competitions in the spirit of Fair Play.
- To provide equal conditions for different countries, individuals without distinctions for reasons of race, colour, gender, religion or politics.
- To organise, control and develop the sport of weightlifting on continental scale.
- To govern the sport and the WFA in accordance with the principles and practice of parliamentary democracy and transparency.
- To work through the IWF weightlifting Rules and Regulations.
- To control and regulate all continental weightlifting competitions.
- To organize Continental Championships, Continental Olympic Qualification competitions and other major events.
- To cooperate with the IWF on the organization of deferent continental weightlifting events.
- To ensure the safety and health of the athletes and officials.
- To fight against doping.
- To support the development of weightlifting in National Federations.
- To supervise the weightlifting events at Continental, Regional and other Continental Multisport Games.
- To supervise the activities of National Federations.
- To register and govern the appointment of International Technical Officials.
- To educate athletes and officials.
- To safeguard the common interest and to ensure mutual respect and unity between the WFA, IWF and the African National Federations.
- To record and verify continental records.