Athletes Personal Costume and Equipment

Lifters must always appear in correct, clean and tidy dress, which must consist of a One-piece lifting suit, T-shirt, Socks, Shoes and Sports Bra.


The suit can only be made from a one-ply very limited stretch material. Lycra(maximum 20 %) or cotton-elastane – (maximum 10 % elastane), without any additional patches or padding (it cannot be a weightlifting style suit with any double stitching and or padding)

The lifting costume has to be a one-piece lifting suit with shoulder straps & must neverhave a zipper fastening.

The straps must be worn over the shoulders at all times while lifting in competition.


A plain, round neck T-Shirt of any color, or colors, must be worn under the lifting suit at all times.

The T-shirt is subject to the following conditions: It can be made exclusively of either cotton or polyester, or can also be a mixture of both. No other materials are allowed.

It must be a plain t-shirt or it can be the official T-Shirt of the IPC Powerlifting competition that the lifter is competing at. It cannot have any pockets, buttons, zippers, collar or a v-neck. It can have the badge and or inscription of the lifter’s nation, national or regional federation. Any other markings, especially those which are considered offensive or likely to bring the sport into disrepute are not allowed. It shall not have sleeves, which terminate either below the elbow or up at the deltoid Lifters are not allowed to push the sleeves of the T-Shirt up to the deltoid when competing. It cannot be made of any ribbed material. It cannot consist of any rubberised or similar stretch material. It cannot have any reinforced seams. Is not constructed so as to place seams in a position, which in the opinion of the appointed IPC Powerlifting officials who carry out the kit check, might tend to assist the lifter in Powerlifting competitions. It must fit loosely enough on the lifter’s body to ensure that it does not afford the lifterany physical support. If there is any doubt a lifter can be asked to put the t-shirt on at the kit check and it can be rejected

Shoes must be worn in all cases during IPC Powerlifting competition.


When worn during competition, ladies must only wear a bra without any stiffening, padding or under wiring. A sports Bra is most acceptable.

It must lie totally flat when placed on the kit check table. The Bra that will be worn during the competition has to be made readily available for checking by the officials at the kit check table and it cannot be requested to have it checked while being worn by the athlete during weigh-in. Any lifter considered to be using the Bra to gain unfair advantage (i.e making too tight to unnaturally raise chest or padding out after kit check)


Competitors may choose to wear a lifting belt. If worn it must always be on the outside of the lifting suit. Material and Construction: The main body shall be made of leather, vinyl or other similar non-stretch material in one or more laminations, which may be glued and/or stitched together but cannot have a additional padding, bracing or supports of any material either on the surface or concealed within the laminations of the belt. The belt can have a buckle with one or two prongs or be a ‘quick release’ type; any type of buckle should be attached at one end of the belt by means of studs and/or stitching. A tongue loop (maximum 2) shall be attached close to the buckle by means of studs and/or stitching. The name of the lifter’s nation can appear on the outside of the belt but there cannot be any other logos, sponsors or manufacturers markings whatsoever unless due sponsor or licensing fees have been paid.Dimensions:1. Maximum width of belt should not exceed 100 mm.2. Maximum thickness of belt along its main length not to exceed 13 mm.3. Inside width of buckles maximum 110 mm.4. Outside width of buckles maximum 130 mm.5. Tongue loops maximum width 50 mm.6. Distance between end of belt and far end of tongue loop maximum 150 mm. Correct points of measurement.


Only wraps or bandages of a one ply commercially woven elastic that is covered with polyester,cotton or a combination of both materials or medical crepes are permitted. Bandages of rubber or rubberised substitutes are strictly forbidden.Bandages and wristbands must also conform to the following: Bandages must not exceed 1 metre in length and 80 mm in width. Wristbands not exceeding 100 mm in width may be worn. A combination of wristband and bandages is not permitted. If wristbands are the wrap around style, they may have a thumb loop and Velcro patch for securing them. They cannot have any additional type of buckle, loop or other style of fastening. The thumb loop can only be used for securing the wristband when the athlete is putting it on but the loop must be taken off of the thumb during the actual lift. A wrist bandage should not extend beyond 100 mm above and 20 mm below the centreof the wrist joint and must never exceed a total covered width of 120 mm.