Constitution and By-Laws of the International Powerlifting Federation

Constitution and By-Laws are available to download (Status Jan.2019).

Index of contents:

101              The General Assembly

102              Procedures

103              Finance

104              Records and Awards

105              Competitions

106              Contracts

107              Appendix Standing Orders

108              Appendix Official Agenda

109              Appendix Rule Amendments


Unless specifically stated otherwise, the terms "General Assembly", "President" "Technical Committee" and such like shall mean the "IPF General Assembly", "IPF President", "IPF Technical Committee" etc.

Unless specifically stated otherwise, the terms "him", "his" and "Chairman" shall refer to persons of either sex.

If in the IPF Constitution / By-Laws and all other rules a deadline is foreseen, it is meant the CET (Central European Time).


101.1    General Assembly May be Open to Public

The General Assembly may be open provided that space is available.

101.2    Outside Parties Attending the General Assembly

The President may invite outside persons to attend the General Assembly.

101.3    Constitutional General Assembly Schedule

The General Assembly shall, if necessary, address itself to re-examining the Constitution, By-Laws and their appendices every fourth year commencing in 1998.

101.4    World Games and General Assembly of International Sports Federations

The General Assembly shall serve and maintain a membership in the General Assembly of International Sports Federations and take part in the World Games.

101.5    Participation Guidelines for Committee Chairmen

All Committee Chairmen and non-executive officers by virtue of their attaining officer status in the IPF are allowed admission to the General Assembly in its entirety but without vote and with voice only as pertains to their respective responsibilities.

101.6    Speeches by Candidates for IPF Office

Candidates for IPF office shall be permitted to address the General Assembly for a maximum period of five minutes.
The duties of various officers are those duties appointed by the General Assembly and include:
All IPF EC officers, by virtue of their attaining officer’s status in the IPF, are allowed admission to the General Assembly in its entirety with vote and with voice.

101.7    Duties of the Executive

The duties of various officers are those duties appointed by the General Assembly and include:
All IPF EC officers, by virtue of their attaining officer’s status in the IPF, are allowed admission to the General Assembly in its entirety with vote and with voice.

101.7.1    President    He orders meetings of the IPF as provided in the Constitution and presides at all meetings of the IPF and General Assembly    He has the right to exercise all the duties pertaining to his office in accordance with the Constitution.    He is an ex officio member of all committees.    The President provides leadership in the long-term and day-to-day activities of the IPF, delegating responsibility for completion of tasks, and making necessary contact with outside agencies to conduct IPF business

101.7.2    Vice President    He has such duties as assigned to him by the President and has all the power to perform the duties of the President in the absence or inability of the latter to attend.

101.7.3    Secretary General    To make proper arrangements for keeping the records of the IPF and the General Assembly.    Issue all official notices of all IPF meetings.    Keep a complete record of competitions held under the auspices of the IPF. These records shall include the results of national championships, newsletters and magazines.    To serve as Secretary of the General Assembly and at any special meetings or hearings of the IPF.    To certify as a "Provisional Member" any applying nation who submits the proper fees and credentials, until such time as the General Assembly shall deliberate such membership.    Delegate any of the aforementioned duties to an "assistant secretary" appointed by the Executive or to such assistants as may be provided by the IPF By-Laws to perform it.

101.7.4    Treasurer    Receive all monies due to the IPF and deposit it to accounts in the name of the IPF.    Sign all cheques, notes and drafts together with one other signature as provided by the IPF By-Laws by a sum greater than Euro 2.500.    Pay all bills approved by the duly authorised officer or by the General Assembly provided it is within the authorised current budget of the IPF.    When requested, hand over to the Auditor for audit or other purposes, all monies, accounts, books, papers, vouchers and records pertaining to his office.    To present an audited balance sheet to the annual General Assembly. Audit of IPF accounts is to be made by the Auditor.    To be responsible for collecting all fees due the IPF.    To be responsible for issuing an invoice and collecting any penalties.

101.7.5    Board members    They shall take an active part in the IPF Executive work and carry out such duty as assigned to them by the President.    To represent the IPF in his region at national and international championships and meetings.    To supervise and lead the regional federation and organise yearly regional General Assemblies and championships.    To contact and inform potential new member nations in his region.    To serve as a consultant to the member federations within that region.    To represent his region at the IPF Executive Meetings and the General Assembly.    To make suggestions to the various IPF Committees.    To plan and control development programs within his region.

101.8    Duties of the Non-Executive Officers

Duties of the non-executive officers are those duties mandated by the Executive including.

101.8.1    Auditor    Shall audit the balance sheet and books of the Treasurer prior to the General Assembly.    Monitor the expenditure of the IPF in regard to the budget.

101.8.2    Media Officer    Shall promote the IPF through the electronic and print media. The President must approve in writing all promotional material and press releases.    Shall consider all opportunities for television rights for international championships and make appropriate recommendations to the Executive.

101.8.3    Newsletter Editor    Shall publish the official IPF newsletter or magazine on a bi-monthly basis. If necessary additional issues should be published on an 'as required' basis.    Shall set advertising rates (which must be ratified by the Executive) for the IPF Newsletter/magazine and shall work with the Media Officer to obtain paid advertising for the publication and to increase its circulation.    Maintain a current distribution list for the IPF publication. This list shall compromise all entries in the IPF directory as well as additional parties to whom the IPF publication is distributed.

101.8.4    Records Registrar    Shall certify all World records and maintain an up to date register of all records in all categories. World records can only be confirmed if IPF drug testing requirements according IPF Anti-Doping rules 5.7 for the acceptance of World records have been complied with. Pending the confirmation of a negative drug test by the analysing laboratory records shall be shown on the register as being "pending" for a period of not more than three months from the date of the performance. If the record is not confirmed within this period it shall be erased from the register.

101.8.5    Championship Secretary    Shall maintain a Calendar of Events covering all major events for a period of not less than 24 months from the date of the Calendar.
In normal circumstances, all world and regional championships shall be allocated dates within the calendar that fall at approximately the same time each year. This principle shall be adhered to wherever possible. Regions are to allocate similar annual dates for their own regional events and may combine regional with world championships if they are hosts for the world event.
The major events in the IPF calendar are as follows:    World Championships in Powerlifting and Bench Press for Sub-Juniors and Juniors (Men and Women), Men and Women (Open) and Masters (Men and Women) and World Championships for all age categories (Men and Women) in Classic/RAW Powerlifting.    World Cup    World Games.    Other international events as approved.
The Championship Secretary shall ensure that major international events do not clash. If necessary, sanction may be refused in order to achieve an orderly calendar.    Shall distribute to affiliate federations the invitation and details of major events at least six months prior to the event. He shall also distribute team nomination forms and other necessary documents to affiliated federations.
The invitation will be based upon the answers to a standard questionnaire sent to the host national federation and/or promoters of the championship when a bid is accepted. Closing date for an organizer of World Championships to provide all details in the invitation is 6 to 8 months prior to the contest date. If special hotel and transport booking forms are required, a draft copy of these forms shall also be sent to the Championship Secretary in order that they may be distributed with the invitation. Nomination forms for world championships must provide columns for the following information.    Lifter's family name.    Lifter's first name in full.    Lifter's best total performed within the preceding twelve months at national or international level.    Lifter's year of birth.    Lifter's passport number.    Shall collate all team nomination forms and ensure that they are fully and properly completed. He shall then prepare a full list of lifters nominated for the event. A copy of this shall be sent to the Internet Officer, the Newsletter Editor and the Media Officer.    Prepare or obtain from the responsible event official, the full results of the event and distribute this to the persons specified in the preceding section. Pending the final drug testing results championships results shall be published as "Provisional Pending Final Drug Test Results."    Before a sanction for a major event is granted he must ensure that the applicant has the capacity for successfully promoting the event and the ability to comply with all the requirements of the IPF.

101.8.6    Internet Officer    Maintains the IPF Internet site.    The Directory    Constitution and By-Laws    Drug testing Protocol    Technical Rules and the "Rule Interpretation "appendix    World Records    Calendar of Events    Invitations and details on forthcoming events    Results of major events    Drug testing results    Authorised material from the President or Executive    Other than replies to routine enquiries he shall not post any other material without the written consent of the President.

101.8.7    Referee’s Registrar    Maintains a complete register of all referees registered by their respective affiliated national federations.    Administers examinations for Category one and Category two international referee status.    Provides each national federation with a current list of accredited referees. Updated annually.    Provides each national federation with a list of referees who need to re-register in order to remain accredited.

101.8.8    Committees, Commission, Panel    General Provisions
Each committee shall consist of a chairman elected by the General Assembly and a maximum of six (6) members (exception Technical committee 10 members) from various nations who shall be appointed by the Executive in consultation with the Committee Chairman.    Technical Committee    Appoints the chief and side referees for world championships.    Trains and instructs referees who wish to take international qualifications and examines those who are recommended for examination. The Committee shall inform the General Assembly of the names of referees qualified to officiate at international championships and those who need to be re-examined.    Organises courses for referees before important competitions such as the world championships. The expense of organising courses or clinics shall be borne by the host national federation. The Committee can propose that General Assembly withdraw a referee's international card and terminate his appointment if it deems such action necessary.    The Committee may, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee, publish material of a technical nature, which deals with methods of training and performance of the power lifts. Such material shall be sent to all affiliated federations.    Establish procedures for training of officials in the conduct of contests and prepare job briefs for the use of officials appointed to specific duties during a contest.    Establish a code of ethics and good behaviour for the use of all officials. Infringements of the code may be referred to the Executive Committee for appropriate action.    Ensure that the equipment used by member nations and at world and regional championships conforms to the specific detailed requirements of the IPF.    Women’s Committee    Consists out of the Chair (female) elected by General Assembly and a sufficient number of members appointed by the Chair respectively the women’s representatives of the regions.    Shall work to promote female powerlifting and recruit Women into governing bodies in powerlifting.    The Chair of the Women’s Committee is not the member of the Executive, but may be invited at the EC meetings where she has a right to speak but no vote when the question is of matters applying to the activity of the Committee and/or concerning the proposals for any rule changes the Committee would like to be made.    Athletes’ Commission    The Athletes’ Commission is composed of six Members of different nationality (preferably athletes from the six regions) - three male and three female. One of them is speaker elected by the Members of the Commission. To be eligible an athlete must be internationally ranked in the last two seasons before the elections.    The Athletes’ Commission represents the interests of the athletes. It has the right to bring the points of view of the athletes and proposals to the General Assembly, the Executive Committee and the Committees, in particular to the Technical, the Medical Committees and the Coach Commission. A representative is entitled to take part at the meetings of the General Assembly. It reports to the Executive Committee and the General Assembly.    The duties of the Athletes’ Commission are:    To represent the athletes in the decision making bodies of the IPF;    To act as mediator between active athletes and the IPF Organisms;    To represent the athletes in the meetings of the Technical Committee and in the Medical
Committee if invited by the Chair;    To form the official opinion of the athletes concerning actual issues and to pass resolutions of the athletes;    To work for the athletes’ representation in the National Federations;    To represent the athletes during the IPF competitions as a spokesman / spokeswoman.    All proposals by the Athletes’ Commission must be decided by the IPF General Assembly. The proposals must be in connection with the duties of the Commission.    Coach Commission    The Coach Commission is composed of a seven Members of different nationality (preferably coaches from the six regions). One of them is speaker elected by the Members of the Commission. To be eligible a coach must be internationally active in the last two seasons before the elections.    The Coach Commission represents the interests of the coaches. It has the right to bring the points of view of the coaches and proposals to the General Assembly, the Executive Committee and the Committees, in particular to the Technical, the Medical Committees and the Athletes’ Commission. A representative is entitled to take part at the meetings of the General Assembly. It reports to the Executive Committee and the General Assembly.    The duties of the Coach Commission are:    To represent the coaches in the decision making bodies of the IPF;    To act as mediator between coaches and the IPF Organisms;    To represent the coaches in the meetings of the Technical Committee and in the Medical
Committee if invited by the Chair;    To form the official opinion of the coaches concerning actual issues and to pass resolutions of the coaches;    To work for the coaches’ representation in the National Federations;    All proposals by the Coach Commission must be decided by the IPF General Assembly. The proposals must be in connection with the duties of the Commission


102.1    IPF Member Nations Addresses

All listings of the IPF member nations shall include the name of the national federation.

102.2    Expulsion of Member Nations

No national federation shall remain a member of the IPF if the General Assembly by at least two-thirds majority of votes cast decides that it is not in the best interest of the IPF for that national federation to remain a member.

102.3    Election of Regional Board Members

Elections of Board Members of the IPF shall be determined by regional federations and ratified by the General Assembly.

102.4    Timelines for Submitting, Awarding Bids for World Championships

Bids shall be made and world championships awarded three years in advance. All bids, accompanied by outline reports on the extent of preparations made, shall be sent to the Secretary General at least ninety (90) days before the next General Assembly.
All organising federation must sign the promoter contract one year before the according championships otherwise the IPF sanctions will apply if this federation withdraws.
The executive committee will examine the bids and takes the decision where the different championships will be held.
The select nation must then report in detail to the General Assembly.

102.5    Printing of the IPF Technical Rules

The IPF shall only print a master copy of the Technical Rules. Each member nation will be permitted to reprint them for sale or distribution as it sees fit.

102.6    Testing for Category I Referees

The IPF may test for category 1 referee at any international championship except that of the Bench Press Championships.

102.7    Application for National Affiliation

The Secretary General shall design and maintain an application form for the use of nations wishing to affiliate to the IPF. The form shall require all necessary information from the applicant including the names and addresses of officers, other affiliations and relevant organisational data. The form will be returned together with a copy of the applicant Nation's constitution.

102.8    Incorporation of the IPF

The IPF is incorporated under the laws of Luxembourg with the following address: 1, rue Pasteur, 4642 Differdange. The headquarters is located at the place of residence of the President. It is not necessary to move the country of incorporation with changes in officers or with a move of the headquarters if all functions of the IPF are continued without interruption and the corporate and legal integrity of it are maintained. The Executive will make any need for changes in location of incorporation or of location of the headquarters.

102.9    Permitted Expenses by Officers

The permitted expenses of all officers of the IPF shall be decided by the IPF-EC and contained in the Treasurer's budget proposals. If necessary the executive may by two-thirds majority vary payments approved in the budget.

102.10    Standing Orders Authority

The Standing Orders of the IPF shall be the supreme document for all IPF meetings. The exception being when they are in conflict with the Constitution (refer IPF Constitution

102.11    Use of “World” as Relates to World Championships Defined

The word '”World” in connection with powerlifting may only be used by the IPF for competition and records.

103    FINANCE

103.1    Audit of the Auditor

The Auditor shall perform an audit closing the books on 1st of October each year. There must be an audit of IPF accounts. The audit is to be made by the Auditor.

103.2    IPF Subscription and Fees

The annual membership subscription shall include all championship and international sanction fees with the exception of world championships. For these, sanction fees shall be paid in accordance with the following scale of subscriptions and fees:

103.2.1    National affiliations (annually):        EUR        400
103.2.2    All referee examinations:                 EUR          50
103.2.3    Referee card renewal:                      EUR          50
103.2.4    Sanction for international matches:               Free
103.2.5    IPF Referee Tie and scarf                 EUR          30
103.2.6    IPF Badge (if lost)                            EUR          15
103.2.7    Sanction for World Championships   EUR      1.000
103.2.8    Analyse of B-Sample                        EUR        at cost
103.2.9    Appeals (refer IPF-Con. 11.4.1)        EUR        150

Regional federations must be affiliated to the IPF and will not be subjected to any sanction fee for regional championships. In addition, the promoter shall be responsible for providing at his own expense all necessary medals, 1st 2nd and 3rd for all competing categories and classes (refer to 104.3 for medals or certificates for individual lifts). The category and class medals are to be ordered from the Treasurer at least three months prior to the championships.
The participating national federation s shall pay a drug test fee of EUR 50 for each lifter entered and declared at the Technical Meeting prior to the championships. If a national federation is not represented at the Technical Meeting, then a fee is required for all lifters nominated and entered on the final entry form. In addition to the drug test fee, participating national federations shall pay a participation fee of EUR 50 per lifter for each lifter entered and taking part in any World Championships. EUR 15 of the participation fee or equipment similar to that amount shall be paid to the promoter, or the promoter shall receive equivalent support in goods donated by sponsors, as decided by the Executive.

103.3    Suspension for Failure to Pay Appropriate Sanction Fee for Competition

Any national federation organising any of the events listed in 103.2 and who has not paid the necessary sanction fee, shall automatically be suspended from memberships of the IPF until such time as the required fee is paid in full.

103.4    Television and Advertising

103.4.1    The IPF is the exclusive owner of the TV broadcasting, marketing, Internet broadcasting (web casting), post event production of video recording and advertising rights and all other multimedia coverage of the World Championships and other events organised and controlled by the IPF.
103.4.2    To obtain these rights or part of these rights, a fee must be paid to the IPF. The President, Secretary General and the Treasurer decide the amount in consultation with the EC.
103.4.3    Television rights, marketing and sponsorship revenues for World Championships are apportioned according to the signed contract between the host Federation / Organising Committee and the IPF.
103.4.4    At World Championships and competitions organised by the IPF, on each piece of equipment of the powerlifter’s outfit, the IPF allows the application of
a)    the identification (logo, name or a combination of both) of the Manufacturer of the product and/or
b)    the identification of their commercial sponsor (logo, name or a combination of both) with the total maximum size of 10 cm’s x 2 cm’s per piece of equipment. Distinctive design patterns of a manufacturer are not considered for this measurement of the application. Anything exceeding this size is regarded as advertising and the relevant rules apply. At World Games, the IWGA rules prevail.

103.5    Hotel Bills for National Federations and Officials at World Championships

At all world championships, participating national federations shall be responsible for their own hotel bills.
All pre-booked rooms have to be paid before the championships; except those rooms which were cancelled until seven (7) days before the beginning of the championships.
Cancellation has to be proofed by a written confirmation of the organiser e.g. an email or fax.
No other exception can be accepted.
Not the organiser, but the responsible national federation will be charged for any damages or thefts occurring in the room.

103.6    Hotel Bills for IPF Officials Attending World Championships

The hotel bills of a maximum of 4 IPF-Officials and the Computer Secretary as decided by the EC shall be paid by the promoter of the championships on the basis of room and breakfast only for a maximum of eight (8) days.

103.7    Travel Costs for IPF Executive

The IPF shall pay travel costs and other expenses of four executive members as follows:
103.7.1    One hundred percent of the cheapest airfare obtainable from recognised carriers less any subsidy paid by any other agency.
103.7.2    In the event of a promoter not being in a position to honour his obligations to four executive members with regard to their hotel bills, the IPF shall pay same on the basis of a length of stay at least equal to that of the teams, or for a reasonable period of time not to exceed eight (8) days.
103.7.3    Any finance referred to in item (103.8.2), shall be derived from the championship itself or current IPF deposits. Such funding must not be offset against future deposits.
103.7.4    No other recompense shall be made in favour of the four IPF officials.
103.7.5    Both the President and the Treasurer must approve all claims for expenses or reimbursements. This ruling applies equally to the issue and signing of cheques and contracts.

103.8    Lapel Pins

A lapel pin portraying the official IPF emblem shall be obtained for sale to all members. In addition, the Treasurer will obtain a stock of items such as belt buckles, cuff links, ties and tie clasps etc. for sale to members and as a means of raising funds.

103.9    Delinquent National Affiliate Fees

Delinquent Nations: National federations more than one year in arrears with their annual subscription shall be suspended from membership of the IPF.

103.10    IPF Development Fund

The IPF may budget for and maintain a development fund. This is to be administered by the Executive. The purpose of the fund is to assist:
103.10.1    Unaffiliated nations in the formation of national powerlifting federations and their affiliation to the IPF.
103.10.2    Affiliated nations to develop the sport of powerlifting and maintain their affiliation to the IPF.


104.1    National Records and Claims for World Records

Each national federation shall be responsible for its own records and record claims. A world record claim may be submitted upon the form normally used by that nation.

104.2    World Record Certificates

The IPF shall provide an honour certificate free of charge to all lifters who establish bona fide world records.

104.3    IPF Medals

104.3.1    The IPF shall maintain standardised medals for use at world championships. Medals to be presented for first, second and third places in each category based upon totals. In addition, medals or merit award certificates shall be presented for first, second and third places in the individual lifts of squat, bench press and dead lift in each category.
In the event of two competitors lifting the same weight, the lighter lifter will be declared the winner. Other awards may be provided according to the custom of the host nation.

104.3.2    Host nations may prepare medals to use as awards for category winners, in lieu of medals obtained from the IPF. Such medals must be of high quality, and must be submitted to the Executive for approval six months prior to the championships in question. Arrangements for manufacture and time of completion must be submitted as well.

104.4    World Championships Participation Certificates

World championship participation certificates shall be awarded to each lifter and official (team manager, coach) according to IPF regulations. They shall also be awarded to approved IPF officials and referees.

104.5    IPF Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame: There shall be an honorary body titled the "IPF Hall of Fame". Its purpose shall be to honour members who have made an outstanding contribution either by way of lifting achievement or service in general to the sport of powerlifting internationally. A maximum of two lifters and one official may be elected to the Hall of Fame each year but with the added proviso that not more than two men and one woman may be elected in any one year. A certificate of achievement will be awarded. No one who has been involved in drug offences or has been suspended by drug abuse shall be proposed to Hall of Fame.
Any lifter or official previously awarded Hall of Fame will loose this distinction if suspended by IPF due to doping abuse.

104.6    Election to Hall of Fame

The Executive decides prior to the General Assembly, after having received the bids from nations, whom will be awarded Hall of Fame. The appointed persons will be honoured at the General Assembly.

104.7    Free Entry to Championships, Executive, Committee Chairmen, Hall of Fame Members

Members of the IPF Executive Committee, IPF Committee Chairmen and members of the IPF Hall of Fame will have free entry to any powerlifting competition organised by a member federation or its affiliates. An identification card will be issued by the IPF.

104.8    Categories of World Records

The IPF recognises world records in the following categories: Men's Open, Women's Open, Juniors Men and Women, Juveniles Sub Junior Men and Women and Masters Men and Women, Single lift Bench press: Open Men’s, Open Women’s, Master’s Men and Women. The IPF recognizes also World Records in Classic Powerlifting in all age categories (Men and Women).
104.8.1    World records will be accepted and registered only within the categories listed in this item.
104.8.2    Records will only be accepted if applications are made strictly in accordance with the requirements of the IPF Technical Rules and according IPF Anti-Doping rules 5.7 and include a copy of the relevant score sheet. Claims to be sent to the Record Registrar.

104.9    Recognition of World Records

World records will only be accepted from competitions where drug testing is carried out according IPF Anti-Doping rules 5.7 and the lifter returns a negative drug test. This must be done strictly in accordance with the IPF Anti-Doping Rules including the analysis of samples in a laboratory accredited at the time of analysis by WADA.

Where a lifter is found to have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation and the penalty for that violation is confirmed by the Doping Hearing Panel as 2 years or more suspension, that lifter shall suffer the loss of all World, Regional and any other international Records set by them since 1st January 2011. In such cases the Record(s) shall be held open for a period of 30 days and new applications for those Record(s) may be received re performances which were set under all World Record conditions (international meet, drug-test, etc.). At the end of that 30-day period the Record(s) in question shall revert to the higher of any new applications or the performance of the holder of the Record previous to the performance of the suspended lifter.


105.1    Non-discrimination in IPF Competition

No one is to be denied access to competition on the grounds of race, colour or creed.

105.2    National Flags

Each participating nation at a world championship must provide if required, a national flag approximately 1.5 m x l.0 m in size. Any nation failing to meet this obligation will be fined the sum of EUR 30 in order to reimburse the promoter for any loss and inconvenience suffered. It is the responsibility of the promoter to issue a receipt on acceptance of the flag and request the return of this receipt on returning the flag to the team manager. If for any reason whatsoever, the promoter fails to return a nation's flag; he shall be required to reimburse that nation for the loss suffered.

105.3    Entry to Championships, Coaches, Officials, Meals for Working Officials

At all world championships the promoter shall provide free access to the venue and other competition buildings or functions for team officials and coaches on the following scale:

105.3.1    For the first three competing lifters, one official or coach shall be permitted access.
105.3.2    For every additional three competing lifters, one additional official or coach shall be permitted access to a maximum of three per nation.
105.3.3    The courtesy of free access shall also be extended to all officiating referees and jury members to a maximum of three per nation.
105.3.4    The courtesy of free access shall be extended to all members of the Sports Medicine Team who participate during the championships. The names of such personnel shall be forwarded to the promoter and an agreement reached between the Chairman of the Medical Committee and the promoters upon the number to be accepted.
105.3.5    Promoters of World Championships and Cups shall provide for the referees and the IPF officials free meals during the competition. Free meals should preferably include at least two servings of food and non-alcoholic drinks each competition day served in the competition area. Only referees and IPF officials that work with official duties during a competition day shall be granted such benefit from the promoter.
105.3.6    Dress code for Coaches at international events shall be national team tracksuit plus team or IPF approved T-Shirt, or sport shorts plus team or IPF approved T-Shirt and the coach must adhere to this code failing which on the ruling of the Technical Controller or Jury it may result in the Coach being excluded from the event warm up room and competition surrounds.

105.4    Invitation and Accommodation

105.4.1    The official invitation and details of world championships must be received by member nations at least six months prior to the event. Details shall include the date of the General Assembly, competition date, names and addresses of hotels and the rates to be charged.
105.4.2    Accommodation rates charged by the promoter must not exceed the normal rack rate charged by the establishment providing the accommodation.
105.4.3    At all World Championships the accommodation fees shall be payable by bank transfer or credit card as follows (Exceptions may be granted by the IPF EC):
1)     By bank transfer as specified by the organizer in the invitation for each World Event;
2)     By credit card.
105.4.4    All athletes, coaches, referees or officials from each federation must stay in the official hotel during the championship. If athletes, coaches, referees or officials do not stay in the official hotel during the championship, they will be obliged to pay an administration fee of € 100,-- per person to the organizer. Failure to comply will have the effect that they will not receive accreditation and will be excluded from that championship.

105.5    Nomination

105.5.1    Nomination of lifters and officials to world championships shall be received by the IPF Championship Secretary with a copy to the Meet Director within following time limits:
•    Preliminary nomination not later than 60 days prior to a world championship.
•    Final nomination, submitted not later than 21 days prior to a world championship, must be made from those nominated in the preliminary nomination.
105.5.2    A national federation taking part in World championships and cups shall pay the IPF doping test fee and the participation fee for each lifter nominated and entered on the final entry form. No such fees are to be paid for nominated reserve lifters if not replacing any of the nominated lifters.
Latest date of withdrawal of any lifter from the nomination list, to avoid paying the fees for those, is 7 days prior to the technical meeting for this competition.
If a hotel reservation fee is specified in the invitation for the championship or cup, same rule and time limits as above apply for nominated lifters and officials.

105.6    National Federations may not negotiate Television Contracts without Permission of the IPF Executive

A national federation may not negotiate a TV contract for an international title without the approval of the Executive. Failure to comply with this regulation could result in suspension of the national federation until the next General Assembly.

105.7    Equipment Standards

An “Equipment Standards” sub-committee to the Technical Committee is responsible for testing and publishing minimum standards for all equipment to be approved by the IPF.

105.8    Sub-Regional Competitions

The Regional Executive shall sanction sub-regional competitions on an international level. If a Regional Executive does not exist, then the responsibility for sanction shall rest with the Regional Board member of the IPF. Sub-regional means a competition between two or more nations but not open to all the nations in that region.

105.9    Competitions

105.9.1    Any national federation or promoter of international events must not attempt to advertise or invite lifters and officials to the event without first obtaining a written sanction from the Secretary General. Only written contracts or sanction will be valid.
105.9.2    Only national federations affiliated to the IPF may apply for sanctions
105.9.3    All members of national teams taking part in world or international competition must be in possession of a valid passport of the country they are to represent. Failing this, proof of a two-year period of residence in that country will be accepted.

105.10    Disabled Athletes competing in Able Bodied Divisions, Procedures for Weigh-In

“Bench press Championships shall be organised without a special division of disabled lifters. Disabled lifters can compete within the non-disabled classes, if they fulfil the IPF rules as for non-disabled lifters pertaining to the actual lift. The blind, sight impaired, mobility impaired, may be assisted to and from the bench with the aid of the “coach” or/and with the aid of crutches, or sticks.”
For lifters who have an amputated lower limb, a prosthetic device shall be considered the same as the natural limb. The lifter shall be weighed in without the device, with compensatory weight added according to the established fractional charts. For lifters with dysfunctional lower limbs that require leg braces or similar devices for walking, the device shall be considered as part of the natural limb and the lifter shall be weighed in wearing the device.

105.11    Multisport events / World Games

Any National Federation which incurs one or more positive test result at any World or Regional Open or Junior championship in the calendar year prior to the year of a World Games powerlifting event, will have the number of selected lifters from that nation reduced by the same number as the number of the positive tests. This shall apply in that female lifter positives will reduce the number of female lifters and that male lifter positives will reduce the number of male lifters.

105.12    Failure to Use IPF Approved Equipment

If the promoter of a Championship listed in 103.2 does not use the IPF recognised bars and/or plates at the competition platform, he will be fined a sum of Euro 1.500, and any World record broken by the lifters at the competition will not be accepted.

105.13    Facilities and Equipment Differing From Those Specified in the Technical Checklist

If the equipment and/or other facilities have not been as specified on the Technical Checklist, the promoter will be fined a sum of Euro 1500, and the IPF will not grant any World Championship or cup to this nation for a period of two years after the event where the deviation from the Technical Checklist specifications are considered being seriously against the IPF rules.


106.1    Signing Authority, IPF Contracts

Both the President and the Treasurer (and/or Secretary General) must sign all contracts performed in the name of the IPF when the majority of the EC have accepted such contract to be signed. A copy of the contracts must be given to all EC-members, if it is requested.


107.1    Order of Business

An agenda shall be prepared by the Secretary General and circulated to all member federations at least 30 days prior to the IPF General Assembly. All items on the agenda shall take precedence over all other business. Members desirous of introducing any other business for the consideration of the meeting may only do so after the business on the agenda has been completed.

107.2    Minutes

The minutes of the previous meeting, having been circulated, shall be taken as read. No motion or discussion shall be permitted. The only exception to this rule will be in regard to the accuracy of the minutes. After confirming the accuracy of the minutes, the Chairman shall sign them, and the delegates at the General Assembly shall be at liberty to ask questions with regard to matters arising from the minutes. Such questions shall be permitted for purposes of information only, and no debate on the policy outlined in the minutes shall take place. No correction or alteration to the minutes will be accepted unless written notification had been received and acknowledged by the Secretary General within four months of the date of circulation of the minutes to member federations.

107.3    Selection of Speakers

The Chairman shall decide the order of speakers.

107.4    Chairman's. Ruling

The ruling of the Chairman on any question under the Standing Orders or on any point of order or explanation shall be final. If there is a difference of opinion on a point of substance, a vote shall be taken and a two-thirds majority required to the ruling.

107.5    Speeches

No member shall speak for more than five minutes at any one time.

107.6    Motions and Amendments

The first proposition on any particular subject shall be known as the original motion. All succeeding propositions in that subject shall be called amendments. Every motion or amendment must be proposed and seconded by members actually present at the meet before they can be discussed. It is permissible for a member to make a speech first and conclude with a motion. When an amendment is moved to an original motion, no further amendment can be discussed until the first amendment is disposed of. Notice of any further amendment must be given before the first amendment is put to the vote.

107.7    Substantive Motions

If an amendment is carried, it displaces the original motion and itself becomes the substantive motion; whereupon any further amendment relating to any portion of the substantive motion moved, provided that it is consistent with the business and not been covered by an amendment or notion which has been previously rejected. After the vote on each succeeding amendment has been taken, the surviving proposition shall be put to the vote as the main question. If carried, it shall then become a resolution of the meeting.

107.8    Voting

Except when the chairman at his absolute discretion, authorises a vote to be by secret ballot the voting shall be by show of hands or coloured cards, if these are available. On particularly sensitive matters, such as a vote, which is concerned with members, or prospective members who are present at the meeting, such persons may be asked to leave the room before voting takes place.

107.9    Matters of Procedure

At meetings, all matters of procedure which are not covered under these standing orders shall be decided by the Chairman of the meeting.

107.10    Privileged Immunity of the General Assembly

Anything said In the IPF General Assembly, committees or subsequent documentation is without prejudice and may not be used in litigation.


108.1    Roll Call of Nations and Delegates Presentation of Credentials of each Nation.

Certification of Athletes and Referees

108.2    President's Address

108.3    Report of the Vice-President

108.4    Minutes of the last General Assembly

108.5    Treasurer's Report – Auditor’s report

a)    To examine the accounts of the previous year
b)    To approve the budget for the forthcoming year
c)    Fees (if requested)

108.6    Secretary General's Report

108.7    Committee Reports

(a) Technical Committee    (b) Medical Committee                      (c) Disciplinary Committee
(d) Appeal Committee        (e) Law & Legislation Committee      (f)  Anti-Doping Commission    
(g) Doping Hearing Panel   (h) Women’s Committee

108.8    Regional Reports

(a) Region 1 (Europe)       
(b) Region 2 (Africa)
(c) Region 3 (Asia)       
(d) Region 4 (North America)
(e) Region 5 (South America)       
(f)  Region 6 (Oceania)

108.9      Elections

108.10    Proposals 

108.11    New Member Applicants 

108.12    Action on Delinquent Nations 

108.13    Hall of Fame 

108.14    Future Championships 

108.15    Any Other Business 

108.16    Adjournment



Proposals to amend the IPF Constitution, By-Laws, Technical Rules and/or Appendices. Hereinafter referred to as rule(s), shall be set out as follows:


Clear identification of the exact rule(s) or portion thereof concerned. For example: "Constitution, 12.7..." or  "Technical Rules page 24, Errors in loading 14, second paragraph, third sentence after the word 'appeal'."  

109.2    Action to be taken:

109.2.1    Deletion, or
109.2.2    Addition, or
109.2.3    Amendment, delete ... and insert (or replace with)...

109.3    Text involved

109.3.1    and (109.2.3) above. Exact identification of the text to be deleted. Note: Paragraphs and sections may be referred to by numbers sentences and words should be quoted in full.
109.3.2    and (109.2.3) above. The text of the addition or insertion, accompanied in the former case by the proposed rule No. or location.

109.4    Optional

A brief statement of the reasons(s) for the proposal: This will form part of the formal proposal but is merely for the guidance of The General Assembly. It shall appear on a new line separate from the proposal proper and headed 'Reasons(s)'.

Note: Any proposal, which would cause the rules to become contradictory, shall be ruled out of order. That is, it is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the amendments in his proposal are comprehensively framed and all the rules, which would be affected, have been consistently dealt with by the proposal.
Renumbering: It may be desirable to renumber a rule or rules to bring then into a more logical order. In such cases the proposal shall clearly indicate by number if available, which rules are to be renumbered and their intended new location, with new numbers(s) if available.

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