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IWF Doping Hearing Panel held hearings in Doha, on 14 November 2005

The results of the hearings are as follows: Halil MUTLU (TUR) was ruled ineligible for two years for an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Art. 2.1 of the IWF Anti-Doping Policy. Sedat ARTUC (TUR) was ruled ineligible for two years for an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Art. 2.3 of the IWF Anti-Doping Policy. Ms. Nastassia NOVIKAVA (BLR) was ruled ineligible for two years for an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Art. 2.1 of the IWF Anti-Doping Policy. Ms.Pratima Kumari (IND) was ruled ineligible for two years for an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under 2.1 of the IWF Anti-Doping Policy. Hassan Sobhy (EGY) and Mohamed Hossny (EGY) were ruled ineligible for two years for an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under 2.1 of the IWF Antidoping

Doping Controls at 2005 World Championships, Doha, QAT

A total of 91 controls were done: 53 men from 34 countries and 38 women from 19 countries were controlled. The assistance from the group formed for the 2006 Asian Games was a great help for our task. This group was fully trained in all phases of the sampling. It was also a great occasion for these people to train in a true competition environment. The facilities were excellent as we had a large waiting room and two offices where two athletes could be processed at the same time. I thank them for their professionalism and dedicated work. Thanks also to Stella Herrick that took over the selection on the two days I was away for the Hearings and Executive Board meeting. All the samples were sent to the Cologne laboratory. COUNTRY MEN WOMEN ALB 1 ALG 1 ARG 1 ARM 1 AZE 2 BAN 1 BLR 1 BUL 1 1 CHN 6 7 COL 2 3 CUB 1 DOM 1 1 EGY 1 1 EST 1 FRA 2 FSM 1 GEO 1 GRE 1 HUN 1 IND 2 IRI 2 IRQ 2 ITA 1 KAZ 1 1 KEN 1 KOR 2 1 LTU 1 MAD 1 MAR 1 MDA 1 MAS 1 MEX 1 NRU 1 PNG 1 POL 1 QAT 3 ROM 2 RUS 5 6 SVK 2 THA 5 TKM 1 TUN 1 UKR 1 USA 2 VIE 1 TOTAL 53 38 Philippe Saint-Cyr Chairman of the Anti-doping

IWF Executive Board decision on the sanctions imposed on the Nigerian Federation

I. Preamble The IWF Executive Board hereby acknowledge the achievements of the Nigerian Weightlifting Federation ("NWF") and its valuable contribution to the Weightlifting Sport. The IWF Executive Board express the need to all member National Federations to strengthen the Anti-Doping Program within their countries. II. Sanctions 1. The NWF shall be suspended from all international events for one year of period of time until 11 September 2006. 2. The NWF shall pay the fine of US 30,000 that is thirty thousand US dollars, before being readmitted to the membership of IWF. The IWF Executive Board declares that the fine shall be used for the purpose of anti-doping activities. 3. The NWF shall identify the coaches and athletes involved in this matter and impose the necessary sanctions. Budapest, 24 November

IWF Executive Board decision on the sanctions imposed on the Turkish Federation

I. Preamble The IWF Executive Board hereby acknowledge the achievements of the Turkish Weightlifting Federation ("TWF") having organised several international events and its valuable contribution to the Weightlifting Sport. The IWF Executive Board express the need to all member National Federations to strengthen the Anti-Doping Program within their countries. II. Sanctions 1. The TWF shall be suspended from all international events until 31st May 2006. 2. The TWF shall pay the fine of US 100,000 that is one hundred thousand US dollars, before being readmitted to the membership of IWF. The IWF Executive Board declares that the fine shall be used for the purpose of anti-doping activities. 3. The TWF shall identify the coaches and athletes involved in this matter and impose the necessary sanctions. 4. The TWF shall develop and implement an Anti-Doping Education Program to be approved and monitored by the IWF Executive Board. Doha, 15 November

Dr. Tamas Ajan rejects allegations

Dr. Tam�s Aj�n, President of the International Weightlifting Federation, Member of the International Olympic Committee and General Secretary of the Hungarian Olympic Committee categorically rejects any allegations based on reports concerning his position as General Secretary of the Hungarian Olympic Committee and will take legal action against the media publishing such accusations. The decision of the Hungarian NOC Executive Board to remove Dr. Aj�n from the General Secretary?s position was part of a long-lasting political campaign started in May. As President of the International Weightlifting Federation, IOC Member and Member of the WADA Foundation Board, Dr. Aj�n has always been a cornerstone of the fight against doping. At the same time, he is the only Hungarian Olympic Committee leader who disclosed the cheatings committed by the Hungarian competitors in the course of doping controls at the Athens Olympic Games and insisted on imposing the appropriate sanctions. The Hungarian Olympic Committee?s Executive Board failed to support him in this endeavour, and turned it against him as a suitable pretext to remove him from his

The IWF Doping Hearing Panel, consisting of five members, held hearings in Athens on 7 May 2005.

The results of the hearings are as follows: Zoltan KECSKES (HUN) was found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation and a sanction of two years ineligibility imposed. Ferenc GYURKOVICS (HUN) was found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation and a sanction of two years ineligibility imposed. Zoltan KOVACS (HUN) was found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation and a sanction of two years ineligibility imposed. Ms. Katia IACUZZO (ITA) was found to have committed an anti-doping rule infraction. Her period of ineligibility was reduced to 15 calendar months pursuant to Rule 15.5.2 of the IWF Anti-Doping Policy. Ms. Albina KHOMICH (RUS) was found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation and a sanction of two years ineligibility was imposed. Ms. Sule SAHBAZ (TUR) was found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation and a sanction of two years ineligibility was