China News Service, October 15th. Recently, the internal struggle of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has continued to heat up. In an emergency meeting held recently, the IWF Executive Board voted to remove the interim chairman Papandria from the post. Intalat from Thailand serves as the interim chairman.
As a result, the International Olympic Committee issued an official statement on the 14th local time. It is very worried about the decision of the IWF, the process of the decision, and the replacement of the temporary chairman.
The IOC stated in a statement that during Papandria’s tenure, the cooperation between the IOC and the IOC was very effective, and she was very supportive of the IWF reform initiated by her. The International Olympic Committee stated that it has not yet obtained the information needed to fully assess the current situation.
According to reports, the new interim chairman of the Thai is very controversial because of the election of Tarat. Due to the poor doping record, Thailand was even banned from participating in the weightlifting competitions of the Tokyo Olympics.
The chaos of the International Lifting Federation also makes the weightlifting event's position in the future Olympic Games even more precarious. The IOC reiterated in its statement that the IOC is evaluating the 2024 Paris Olympics’ project settings and the number of entries for each item, and will reserve the right to take further measures depending on future developments, including but not limited to Evaluate whether to keep weightlifting within the Paris Olympics project settings.
Previously, the International Olympic Committee was monitoring the International Weightlifting Federation, focusing on anti-doping and internal management. "We are deeply concerned about the management of the IWF." Bach said that one of the reasons for concern is the slow progress of the International Weightlifting Federation and the lack of absorption of independent recommendations in the reform process. On the other hand, there is a lack of athlete representatives within the IWF. This aspect absolutely needs improvement.
It is worth mentioning that in June of this year, Canadian lawyer McLaren released an investigation report on the International Weightlifting Federation. The report found that the organization under the leadership of the former International Weightlifting Federation President Tamas Agen involved US$10 million. Huge amounts of property are unknown, cover up to 40 cases of positive doping test results and election bribery.
Subsequently, the IOC issued a statement on the McLaren report, stating that the IOC has been asking the IWF to adjust its anti-doping system to meet its needs for the past three years. At the same time, the International Olympic Committee will only initially include it in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, depending on the effect of the IWF's reform of its own anti-doping system and project culture. (Finish)