Athlete Allocation System for XXI Commonwealth Games

In developing the Gold Coast 2018 Weightlifting Athlete Allocation system, the IWF has aligned its
methodology to the narrative of Transformation 2022 and has applied the following principles ensuring:
 Smaller CGAs are not adversely impacted;
 The best athletes in the Commonwealth attend the Games;
 Opportunity is provided to drive development initiatives;
 Universality of widely and regularly practicing CGAs is protected;
 The system is simple, transparent, and easy to understand.
Transformation 2022 can be best demonstrated by the IWF’s refreshed and inaugural approach to its
competition format and event-schedule. By fully optimising and stabilising both these deliverables to a
maximum of 225 athletes and five-competition days, the IWF has established a ground-breaking
environment whereby the sport of Weightlifting is now able to share one competition venue; together with
IPC Powerlifting & Wrestling (Freestyle).
Operationally, the core characteristics of the Weightlifting Athlete Allocation System focus on four (4) key methods of qualification;


Direct Qualification
2017 Commonwealth Championships
Commonwealth Ranking Database
24 October 2016 – 31 October 2017
Home Nation
Automatic qualification
IWF/CGF Invitation
Universality as a key driver
2 MEDAL EVENTS (15)
Men’s Medal Events (8)
 56kg
 62kg
 69kg
 77kg
 85kg
 94kg
 105kg
 +105kg
Women’s Medal Events (7)
 48kg
 53kg
 58kg
 63kg
 69kg
 75kg
 +75kg*
*Note: Additional Women’s Medal Event –
weight category to be confirmed by no
later than 1 January 2017. Subject to final
IWF Regulations.

3 ATHLETE ALLOCATION SYSTEM (WEIGHTLIFTING)
a) Maximum Field Size by Bodyweight Category
Men Field Size Group Women Field Size Group
56kg Up to 15 A 48kg Up to 15 A
62kg Up to 15 A 53kg Up to 15 A
69kg Up to 15 A 58kg Up to 15 A
77kg Up to 15 A 63kg Up to 15 A
85kg Up to 15 A 69kg Up to 15 A
94kg Up to 15 A 75kg Up to 15 A
105kg Up to 15 A +75kg* Up to 15* A
+105kg Up to 15 A


** Current field sizes for Weightlifting reflects up to 15 athletes per bodyweight category. When the additional
women’s category is added to the sports programme, it is likely an extra athlete slot will be added to increase
the heaviest category to 16 athletes then ‘split’ the participation numbers to establish the additional event
(i.e. 8 + 8). For the avoidance of doubt therefore, there will be two new events (1) the category to replace
‘+75kg’ and (2) the category to reflect the ‘heaviest’ category. IWF and CGF will advise final details in this
regard including any modifications to the Athlete Allocation System.
b) Athlete Allocation by Gender
Men Women
120 105*
* When the additional women’s category is added to the sports programme, the Women’s Athlete Allocation
would increase to 106.
c) Home Nation Automatic Qualification (Australian Commonwealth Games Association)
Gender Max. for ACGA Event Entitlement
Men 8 1 per Event
Women 7* 1 per Event
*When the additional women’s category is added to the sports programme, the Home Nation will be eligible
to enter one (1) athlete per bodyweight category, being 16 athletes total (8 men + 8 women).
d) Maximum Number of Athletes by Commonwealth Games Association (CGA)
Gender Max. by CGA Event Specific
Men 8 1 per Event
Women 7* 1 per Event
* When the additional women’s category is added to the sports programme, CGAs will be eligible to enter
one (1) athlete per bodyweight category, being 16 athletes total (8 men + 8 women).

4 QUALIFICATION FRAMEWORK
Maximum Number of
Available Slots per
Event
Method of Qualification Type of Slot-
Allocation
1
2017 Senior
Commonwealth
Championships
Results from the 2017 Senior
Commonwealth Championships
will be used to identify athletes
eligible for direct qualification.
To CGA for
eligible Events by
Athlete by Name
12* Commonwealth
Ranking
Results from the Commonwealth
Ranking Database as at 31
October 2017 will be used to
identify athletes eligible for
qualification.
To CGA for
eligible Events by
Athlete by Name
1 Home Nation
The Home Nation is entitled to
the maximum allocation of
athlete-slots, being fifteen.
To CGA
1 CGF/IWF Invitation
A maximum of one invitation slot
per event may be issued based
on the principles of Universality.
To CGA for
eligible Events by
Athlete by Name
* When the two new women’s events are established, both will have five (5) available slots through the
Commonwealth Ranking method.


5 QUALIFICATION PATHWAY
a) 2017 Commonwealth Senior Championships
The Gold medal winner of each bodyweight category at the 2017 Commonwealth Senior
Championships will be eligible to earn a direct qualification slot. Such award will be issued to the
CGA but in the name of the specific athlete, and is valid only for the Medal Event in which the
qualification slot was attained.
In the case where a Gold medal winner at the 2017 Commonwealth Senior Championships is from
the Home Nation (Australia), the direct qualification slot will be awarded to the Silver medallist.
These slots are non-transferable. In the event a CGA does not accept the award of any and/or all
slots earned via this method, the slot/s will be redistributed via the Reallocation Policy.
b) Commonwealth Ranking Database
The Commonwealth Ranking Database as at 31 October 2017 will be used to allocate slots per
medal event in accordance with the following process:
o Australian athletes will feature within the Commonwealth ranking database during the
Qualification Period however their performance(s) will not be considered as part of
Commonwealth Ranking database slot allocation;
o CGAs will be capped at one athlete per Medal Event within the Commonwealth Ranking
Database;
o In the event the final slot of qualification has been achieved by more than one athlete with
the same result; count-back (1. lighter bodyweight, 2. result achieved first) will be applied;
o Athletes shall only appear once within the Commonwealth Database (irrespective of
bodyweight category). CGAs with an athlete/s appearing in more than one bodyweight
category will be requested to identify which Medal Event the athlete will elect to compete in.
Duplicates will then be removed and replaced with the next ranked eligible athlete by CGA;
o Only IWF sanctioned events will be recognised for the purpose of the Commonwealth
Ranking Database. The qualification period is as follows:
 24 October 2016 to 31 October 2017*
* When the additional women’s category is added to the sports programme, eligible results
recorded in existing IWF weight categories between 24 October 2016 and 31 December 2016
will be considered as part of the qualification period. For the avoidance of doubt, this will ensure
that results obtained in the women’s +75kg bodyweight category at IWF sanctioned events
between 24 October 2016 and 31 December 2016 will contribute to rankings in accordance with
IWF weight categories of the two new events.
o IWF sanctioned events are outlined via the IWF website (www.iwf.net). These include both
junior & senior tournaments.
In the case of Great Britain, Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories, the following
regulations shall apply:
o Athletes shall compete for their CGA designation at the 2016 and 2017 Commonwealth
Championships;
o Results attained by British athletes at other IWF sanctioned events (i.e. competitions where
athletes must compete for their IF affiliated-organisation) shall be extracted by the relevant
CGA designation;
o With the prior approval of the IWF and in compliance with WADA regulations, the National
Championships of Great Britain, Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories shall
be recognised for the purpose of the Commonwealth Ranking Database.
At the cessation of the qualification period, the following procedure will be implemented:
o CGAs will confirm their intention to accept the slots attained from the Commonwealth
Ranking Database.
o All slots awarded via the Commonwealth Ranking Database will be issued to the CGA (in
the name of a specific athlete) for allocation;
o In the event a CGA is unable to accept the award of any and/or all slots earned via this
method, the slot(s) will be redistributed via the reallocation policy.


c) IWF/CGF Invitation
In recognition of CGAs who have not otherwise earned a slot but have widely and regularly
practicing Weightlifting athletes, IWF/CGF Invitation slots may be issued at the sole and absolute
discretion of the IWF and CGF.
This method may be actioned in circumstances where:
o Less than four (4) CGF regions are represented within a specific bodyweight category at the
end of the qualification period. Best endeavours will be made to have four (4) CGF regions
represented in each Medal Event; or–
o The Bipartite Commission determine that an athlete has sufficiently demonstrated a previous
level of performance commensurate to participation at the Commonwealth Games but has
not otherwise attained a slot-allocation via the methods outlined within the Athlete Allocation
System;
o Athletes to be considered by the Bipartite Commission shall have demonstrated best
endeavours to compete in at least one (1) IWF sanctioned event within the qualification
period.
o At the sole and absolute discretion of the Bipartite Commission, where an athlete has not
competed in at least (1) IWF sanctioned event within the period of 24 October 2016 to 31
October 2017 but would otherwise be deemed eligible, the Bipartite Commission may grant
an exemption on the grounds of extenuating circumstances. This exemption is granted at the
sole discretion of the Bipartite Commission, having consideration for any matter they deem
relevant.
o Should the Bipartite Commission resolve not to issue a Universality invitation within a
specific bodyweight category, the remaining slot-allocations may be re-allocated.
All applications for a universality slot-allocation must be submitted by the CGA. These slots are nontransferable
and in the event the CGA does not confirm acceptance within the required timeframes,
the slot/s will be redistributed via the Reallocation Policy.
d) Extenuating Circumstances
The IWF/CGF may, at their sole and absolute discretion, choose to consider extenuating
circumstances regarding qualification through the Commonwealth Ranking Database and IWF/CGF
Invitation processes above.
In particular, the IWF/CGF reserve the right to re-allocate available quotas from the Commonwealth
Ranking Database where athlete performances tabled within the Commonwealth Ranking Database
are not commensurate to average results from the last three Commonwealth Games competitions. In
this instance, the IWF/CGF may choose to re-allocate these slots via the IWF/CGF Invitation Method
(without the application of a CGA) or may return these slots to another sport for allocation.
e) Home Nation Automatic Qualification (Australian Commonwealth Games Association)
o The Home Nation shall be entitled to the maximum slot allocation of one (1) athlete per
bodyweight category, being 15 athletes total (8 men + 7 women). When the additional
women’s category is added to the sports programme, the Home Nation will be eligible to
enter 16 athletes total (8 men + 8 women);
o The Home Nation shall allocate their slots to eligible athletes, and in particular an athlete
shall have competed in at least one (1) IWF sanctioned event within the qualification period,
or been granted an exemption by the Bipartite Commission;
o At the cessation of the qualification period, the Home Nation will confirm their intention to
accept the maximum slot allocation. The Home Nation may confirm acceptance prior to the
end of the qualification period;
o In the event the Home Nation does not accept the award of any and/or all slots earned via
the home nation method, the slot/s will be redistributed via the Reallocation Policy.

6 ATHLETE ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible for endorsement by a CGA, an athlete must;
o Have competed in at least one (1) IWF sanctioned event within the prescribed
Commonwealth Ranking Database period, or been granted an exemption by the Bipartite
Commission to this requirement;
o Not be currently under disqualification or suspension by the CGF, or their respective
Affiliated CGA or IWF or under the World Anti-Doping Code;
o Have complied with all applicable rules and regulations of the CGF, IWF and the World Anti-
Doping Code as may be modified and applied by the Federation to ensure that the
overriding principles of the Commonwealth Games are observed. In the case of any
inconsistency, CGF rules and regulations will prevail;
o Have met the CGF’s eligibility standards in accordance with the CGF Constitution, Games
Manual (Sport) and all applicable IWF eligibility criteria; and
o Have complied with the minimum age regulations, as stipulated by the IWF/CGF.

Athlete Allocation System
XXI Commonwealth Games  Gold Coast  04 – 15 April 2018
International Weightlifting Federation  Weightlifting
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7 TIMELINES
22 September 2017 Deadline for GOLDOC to receive Entries by Number information
31 October 2017 CGA deadline to submit Universality Invitation nominations to GOLDOC
31 October 2017 IWF Qualification period deadline
7 November 2017 GOLDOC to CGAs of qualified slots
21 November 2017 CGA deadline to confirm acceptance of qualified slots
21 – 24 November 2017 Re-allocation of returned qualification slots
24 November 2017 Deadline for GOLDOC to receive accreditation application forms submitted by
CGAs
1-20 December 2017 Pre-Delegation Registration Meetings
7 March 2018 Deadline for GOLDOC to receive entry forms submitted by CGAs and Sport
Entries into GOLDOC Sport Entries system
20 March – 3 April 2018 Delegation Registration Meetings

REALLOCATION POLICY
1 Governance
1.1 The CGF Executive Board shall establish a three (3) person ad-hoc committee comprising of
Chairman of the Sports Committee, Chief Executive Officer and the Director of Corporate Services to
assess, evaluate and oversee the management of the reallocation policy. The CGF Sports Services
Manager shall serve as the Secretary to the ad-hoc Committee.
1.2 Any disputes shall be addressed by the CGF Executive Board.
2 Purpose
2.1 The purpose of the reallocation policy is to ensure a clear framework exists whereby any unused
slots are redistributed within the prescribed sport allocation.
2.2 The CGF reallocation policy refers only to individual sports (including para-events) of the Gold Coast
2018 Commonwealth Games.

3 Gender
3.1 The reallocation of unused slots is only transferable to/from the same gender of the respective sport.
Athlete Allocation System
XXI Commonwealth Games  Gold Coast  04 – 15 April 2018
International Weightlifting Federation  Weightlifting

4 Method Application
4.1 The Weightlifting reallocation policy shall be applied from those unused slots drawn from the
following methods:
 Direct Qualification (2017 Commonwealth Senior Championships)
 Commonwealth Ranking Database
 Home Nation (Australian Commonwealth Games Association)
 IWF/CGF Invitations
5 Commonwealth Championships
5.1 Any unused slots earned by a CGA via the 2017 Commonwealth Championships shall be
reallocated to the Commonwealth Ranking Database method.
6. Commonwealth Ranking Database
6.1 Any unused slots earned from the Commonwealth ranking database shall be reallocated by the
same method and specifically within the same bodyweight category and to the next highest ranked
eligible athlete according to the Commonwealth Ranking Database.
7 Home Nation (Australian Commonwealth Games Association)
7.1 Any unused slots earned from the Home Nation method shall be reallocated by the IWF
Commonwealth Ranking Database and specifically within the same bodyweight category and to the
next highest ranked eligible athlete.
8 IWF/CGF Invitations
8.1 Any unused slots drawn from the IWF/CGF Invitations method shall be reallocated by the Bipartite
Commission.

BIPARTITE COMMISSION
1 Governance
1.1 The membership of the CGF/IWF Bipartite Commission shall comprise of a CGF Director (or
appointed designate) and the IWF Director General (or appointed designate). Other IF technical
experts maybe co-opted if agreed by the IWF & CGF.
1.2 Any disputes shall be addressed by the CGF Executive Board.
1.3 All invitation applications approved by the CGF Executive Board shall be deemed final with no
opportunity for protest or appeal.
2 Purpose
2.1 The purpose of the Bipartite Commission will be to asses, evaluate and recommend to the CGF
Executive Board invitation applications submitted by CGAs. Applications must address the
respective criteria outlined within the Athlete Allocation System




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