Weightlifting is one of the oldest competitive sports, being one of the seven sports that made up the programme of the 1st modern Olympic Games in 1896. Male weightlifting events have been held at all 22 subsequent Olympic Games, with a women’s programme being introduced at the Sydney 2000 Games. Over the last century the power nations of the sport have evolved through different cycles. On the men’s side the 1950s dominance of the old USSR has now been replaced by Turkey, China and the old Soviet states, while on the women’s side China has always dominated. Distributed by Tubemogul.