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IWF joins the International Testing Agency (ITA)

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) and the International Testing Agency (ITA) have signed a partnership whereby the ITA will take responsibility for key areas of the IWF’s anti-doping programme. The ITA’s remit includes carrying out a detailed risk assessment, test distribution planning and management, out of competition testing, Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) management, and support with regard to the IWF’s education programmes. Under the agreement, which was signed at the 2018 IWF World Championships in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, the ITA will begin its work on 1 January 2019. Working closely together, the ITA will expand its role to include in-competition testing, management of the IWF Athlete Biological Passport programme, result management, and long term storage and re-analysis of samples by September 2019. This partnership is another clear example of the IWF’s commitment to anti-doping, and the importance it places on educating athletes, coaches and spectators. Following the announcement, IWF President Tamás Aján said: “We are very pleased to be partnering with the ITA and will benefit greatly from their independent, world-leading expertise in delivering anti-doping programmes. We are committed to protecting clean athletes and ensuring our anti-doing testing is more accurate, more efficient and more transparent. “We have made excellent progress in recent years and would like to express our gratitude to the CCES who have played a key role in strengthening our anti-doping operations. “We look forward to working closely with the ITA as we continue on our path to ensuring clean weightlifting” Benjamin Cohen, Director General of the ITA, said: “We are proud to announce our latest partnership with the IWF. Protecting clean sport and clean athletes is imperative to both the ITA and the IWF, and together we will ensure that these athletes excel. “As part of the growing ITA community, the IWF has shown that it is dedicated to the fight against doping, and we look forward to working closely with them to keep weightlifting

IWF Statement – Women’s 45kg bodyweight category

Due to consecutive mistakes made by the coach and some Technical Officials in the Women’s 45kg bodyweight category at the second attempt in the Clean and Jerk (104kg) of DZHUMABAYEVA Yulduz (TKM), the International Weightlifting Federation arranged a meeting with the Technical Officials involved. Following discussions, and in order not to harm the athlete’s achievement, a unanimous decision was taken that the second Clean and Jerk attempt (104kg) was accepted as good lift. Consequently, DZHUMABAYEVA Yulduz (TKM) received Silver Medal in the Clean and Jerk and in the

PUBLIC DISCLOSURE

IWF reports that the urine sample of Mr. Andreas Mauricio CAICEDO PIEDRAHITA (COL) has returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for exogenous Boldenone (S1.1 Anabolic Agents). As a consequence, the Athlete is provisionally suspended in view of a potential anti-doping rule violation. In any case where it is determined that the athlete did not commit an anti-doping rule violation, the relevant decision will also be published. IWF will not make any further comments on the case until it is

PUBLIC DISCLOSURE

IWF reports that the urine sample of Mr. Yeison LOPEZ LOPEZ (COL) has returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for exogenous Boldenone (S1.1 Anabolic Agents). As a consequence, the Athlete is provisionally suspended in view of a potential anti-doping rule violation. In any case where it is determined that the athlete did not commit an anti-doping rule violation, the relevant decision will also be published. IWF will not make any further comments on the case until it is

IWF Executive Board Welcomes Progress, Picks Future Wold Championships Host City

The IWF Executive Board today welcomed the ongoing progress that has been made in protecting clean weightlifters and developing the sport around the world development, and selected Lima, PER as host for the 2021 IWF World Championships. The meeting took place in Ashgabat on the eve of the IWF Congress and the 2018 IWF World Championships. Anti-doping reports were presented by the Anti-Doping Commission, and the Independent Clean Sport Commission, and the Executive Board members approved a roadmap for cooperation with the newly-formed International Testing Agency. All acknowledged the remarkable progress made by the IWF in making the IWF a leader in anti-doping. “For years now, the IWF has clearly demonstrated its commitment to protecting clean weightlifters and to promoting clean weightlifting,” said IWF President Tamas Ajan. “It is a commitment we have backed with very significant resources, with innovative programmes, with independent guidance and oversight and the support of expert partners. The cumulative effect of all this hard work has been the transformation of weightlifting and its culture. The IWF Executive Board was pleased to recognise this great progress, which has been noted by independent organisations, while renewing our commitment to ensuring it is a lasting change.” The development of weightlifting around the world was also a key theme of the meeting.  Reports were presented on development programmes, work carried out under the auspices of Olympic Solidarity, the IWF Women’s Commission, the Membership Commission and the successful work of enabling young weightlifters to flourish at the recent Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games. “As a great sport in itself and as the foundation for so many other sports, weightlifting’s fundamental components of strength, mobility and technical proficiency are universally appreciated and universally valuable,” said President Ajan. “The IWF is very proud of our work and that of our 192 member federations in helping as many people as possible enjoy those benefits.” The IWF’s governance was the subject of a report by James Carr of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations, finding the IWF to be strong in a number of areas, including transparency. Room from improvement identified in other areas was met with a commitment from IWF to take the appropriate action. Lima was selected as host of the IWF 2021 World Championships. The IWF Executive Committee commended the passion and professionalism of the strong bid put together by Peru. “The IWF is very privileged to have a host of such high quality for the 2021 World Championships,” said President Ajan. “We look forward to our first competition after the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games with great confidence for the future of the sport that we love and that we work so hard

Final Entries for Ashgabat are up

The Final Entry List for the 2018 IWF World Championships Ashgabat, TKM has been published on our website. As Qualification Event for the 2020 Olympic Games, this competition is the first important milestone on the road leading to Tokyo. The Ashgabat Olympic Complex, Training Hall 2 will stage from 1-10 November the 84th Men’s and 27th Women’s World Championships. The Verification of the Final Entries will set the final numbers on 30 October at 18:00, but according to the Final Entries, we have now 693 athletes from 91 countries who will compete in Ashgabat. So far, Paris 2011 topped the number of participating countries with 87, and Athens 1999 topped the participating athletes with 626 lifters. Considering the impressive figures, a Record number is announced for Ashgabat. The 2018 IWF World Championships will also feature the new bodyweight categories for both Men and Women. The list contains all the Athletes who were entered as possible participants for the Event, however the IWF retains the right to decide on the athletes’ and MFs’ eligibility in line with the respective IWF Rules and