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IWF Executive Board Meets, Approves Modified Olympic Qualification And Athlete Welfare Measures

Lausanne, Budapest and online; 18 March 2020; Working to support weightlifters during this period of unprecedented uncertainty, the IWF Executive Board met for the last two days and approved a number of key measures. Priority was given to the welfare of athletes, officials and staff. Suggested modifications to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualification System were also approved, and the continuity of clean sport measures was also addressed. IWF Acting President Ursula Papandrea said: “Athletes and those who support them are no exception in facing a public health crisis. The IWF is united in expressing its concern for all those affected. We have to acknowledge the reality of cancelled competitions and training camps and adapt accordingly. The IWF has moved quickly to develop changes to the Olympic Qualifying System that reflect these new circumstances.” Following the advice received from the IOC authorising the IWF to consider modifications to the elements to the existing Weightlifting Qualification System, the Executive Board accepted the recommendations of the IWF Sport Commission to align as closely as possible to the original framework. For the avoidance of doubt, the Executive Board agreed not to extend the Qualification Period. The IWF has already submitted a modified Olympic Qualification System to the IOC for approval and will communicate it to athletes and Member Federations as soon as that approval is granted. The maintenance of an effective anti-doping programme was a key consideration in developing the proposed changes. Executive Board members also emphasised the need ensure international competition is resumed as quickly as is appropriate in the short to medium term. Looking to the future, Hersonissos (GRE) was approved as host of the 2022 IWF Junior World Weightlifting Championships. The IWF Executive Board also approved the guiding principles of the Qualification System for YOG Dakar 2022 to be shared with stakeholders in the near future. Further issues considered by the IWF Executive Board included the IWF Strategic Plan and its next steps. The Oversight and Integrity Commission updated the board on the continued work of Prof Richard McLaren and his team. Complementing the recent technical rule changes, the IWF Refugee Policy was endorsed in order to provide a pathway for refugee athletes to compete at the IWF events and possibly, at the Olympic Games. The Executive Board was held online, as the IWF reiterates the importance of advice being given by public health authorities around the world in terms of limiting physical contact with others and practising exceptional hygiene. “We are grateful that technology means that coaches can still communicate with athletes still training under difficult conditions and that teammates can still encourage each other,” continued Papandrea. “The mental and emotional wellbeing of everyone in the global weightlifting family has never been more important. The IWF would like to remind everyone that physical distance no longer needs to mean we are not in touch with each other to lift each other’s spirits. This is one area we will be working on in the coming days and

The IWF and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport Announce Collaboration to Combat Doping

The IWF is pleased to announce a new agreement with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES). Through this collaboration, the CCES will monitor athlete whereabouts compliance, develop a test distribution plan in collaboration with the IWF’s Anti-Doping Committee, implement that plan and organize all out-of-competition testing. “The CCES is proud of IWF’s commitment to clean sport,” said Paul Melia, President and CEO of the CCES. “We are looking forward to working with IWF to develop a robust testing program and promoting clean sport in weightlifting.” “The decision to move key elements of the IWF’s anti-doping operations into the hands of a trusted third party is the latest demonstration of how far the IWF is prepared to go to deliver on our commitment to protect clean athletes. This agreement to work with the CCES was recommended, in turn, by the independent Clean Sport Commission that examined weightlifting last year. I believe we can be very proud of the way the IWF has implemented the Commission’s recommendations and we look forward to fruitful cooperation with the CCES,” said IWF President Tamas Ajan. “The CCES is very happy to have developed collaboration with the IWF. Partnerships are a powerful way to strengthen collective efforts and an effective approach to sharing knowledge and expertise,” said Melia. About the CCES The CCES is an independent, national, not-for-profit organization with a responsibility to administer the Canadian Anti-Doping Program. We recognize that true sport can make a great difference for individuals, communities and our country. We are committed to working collaboratively to activate a values-based and principle-driven sport system; protecting the integrity of sport from the negative forces of doping and other unethical threats; and advocating for sport that is fair, safe and open to everyone. Follow IWF: Facebook Instagram Twitter

Weightlifting debut at AIMAG successfully concluded

The weightlifting competitions at the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games concluded today with the Men’s +105kg competitions. Enthusiastic crowd filled the Venue cheering for local favourite Hojamuhammet Toycheyyev who grabbed the Silver medal behind Rustam Djangabaev from Uzbekistan. Bronze medal went to Iranian Homayoun Teymouri. Local Organizing Committee provided superb conditions for athletes and officials in the brand new Ashgabat Olympic Complex, which would satisfy the highest requirements for any level of competition. Weightlifting was one of the highlight of the whole Games for many reasons: The only Gold medal in an Olympic event for the host Turkmenistan was achieved by Rejepbay Rejepov in Men’s 77kg. Eileen Cikamatana representing Fiji in Women’s 90kg won the only Gold medal for Oceania. Last but not least the only World Record in any sport at the Games was achieved by Sohrab Moradi from I. R. Iran in Men’s 94kg. Moradi making 413kg in the Total surpassed Akakios Kakiasvili's 18 years old record! Thank you

29th SEA Games weightlifting competitions started

The 29th South East Asian (SEA) Games weightlifting competitions started today in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 7 (INA, MAS, MYA, PHI, THA, TLS, VIE) out of the 11 SEA countries participate with athletes, including Olympic Games and IWF World Championships medallists. Men 56kg was easily won by the clear favourite, 2010 YOG Gold medallist, 2014 Junior World Champion and bronze medallist of 2015 IWF World Championships, Thach Kim Tuan from VIE. Enthusiastic crowd could even see him trying to break his own Snatch SEA Games Record at 130kg. As a new initiative, every medallist receives a plant that will be settled around the stadium under his name – sustainability in

WFA Electoral Congress

The Weightlifting Federation of Africa (WFA) organized its Electoral Congress in Algiers, ALG. 14 Member Federations participated and the IWF was represented by Dr. Tamas Ajan President together with Major Genral Intarat Yodbangtoey Vice President, Mr. Mohammed Hasan Jaloud Executive Board Member and Dr. Fathi Masmoudi Executive Board Member. Mustapha Berraf, President of National Olympic Committee of Algeria and Maj. Gen. Ahmed Nasser, President of Association of African Sports Confederations also participated on the WFA Electoral Congress. Before the elections, the Congress unanimously accepted Reports and appreciated presentations made by Attila Adamfi IWF Director General on the new TCRR and 2018 YOG and by Ms. Timea Horvath IWF Development and Education Manager on IWF Development projects and Olympic Solidarity programs. Hosts of upcoming African Championships were confirmed as follows: - 2017 African Championships: Vacoas, MRI, 20-27 July 2017 - 2017 Youth and Junior African Championships: Kampala, UGA, 7-14 October 2017 - 2018 Youth and Junior African Championships: Cairo, EGY (date to be confirmed) The Congress re-elected Mr. Khaled Mhalhel (LBA) as President and Mr. Manareddin Eshelli (LBA) as General Secretary. Furthermore, the following officials were elected: First Vice President: Salim Musoke (UGA) Vice Presidents: Kevin du Plooy (RSA), Abdellaziz Brahimi (ALG), Mahmoud Mahgoub (EGY) and Mustapha Chaouachi (TUN) Executive Board members: Alex Randriamanarivo (MAD), Ahmed Chahnaoui (MAR) and Chimdi Ejiogu (NGR) Technical Committee: Abdulbasset Alheddad (LBA), Horst Sayler (SWZ) and Akram Ssempasa (UGA) Coaching and Research Committee: Constantin Enama (CMR), Armand Pambou (CGO) and Ravi Bhollah (MRI) Medical Committee: Dr. Mohamed Eraky (EGY), Dr. Christopher Adomakoh (GHA) and Dr. Mohamed Elias Latrech (TUN) The new Executive Board on its first meeting appointed Pius Ochieng (KEN) and Ben Nunoo Mensah (GHA) as members and appointed Robert Rose (SEY) as member without voting power. Also the Chairmen of the Committees have been appointed: Technical Committee: Mahmoud Mahgoub (EGY) Coaching and Research Committee: Salim Musoke (UGA) Medical Committee: Kevin Du Plooy (RSA) Almois Ben Esmaiel (LBA) has been appointed as Deputy General Secretary and Abdulmoneim Riad M. Sufeljin as Financial Director. Congratulation to all