21st July 2021

Agapitov challenges withdrawal of Tokyo 2020 accreditation

Maxim Agapitov, the President of the European Weightlifting Federation (EWF), has challenged the withdrawal of his accreditation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) Ad Hoc Division. ‘On 16 July 2021, the IOC officially informed Mr Agapitov that he did not meet the criteria for accreditation of International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) officials for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, in particular point B, that officials must “not have a personal history linked to any anti-doping rule violation and/or sanction”’, read a CAS statement. 

Agapitov replaced Hassan Akkus after Akkusstepped aside as EWF President due to being charged with an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) by the International Testing Agency (ITA). Agapitov remains a member of the IWF Executive Board, but would be ineligible under a draft IWF Constitution, which the IWF has (to date) failed to adopt. If adopted, Schedule 6(1)(k) bans people convicted of an ADRV from serving on the IWF Executive Board. Agapitov served a a two year ban for a 1994 ADRV.

No statement from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) relating to withdrawal of Agapitov’s accreditation could be found. The Olympic Library doesn’t contain accreditation guidelines for Tokyo 2020, and a search on the Tokyo 2020 official website for ‘accreditation’ produced no results. The IWF accreditation guidelines don’t contain any provision banning poole convicted of an ADRV. It is not clear to which regulations the CAS is referring when it quotes ‘point B’, above.

The CAS Ad Hoc Division is designed to provide speedy resolutions to disputes that arise during major sporting events, and therefore must be settled promptly. It will hold a hearing into Agapitov’s case tomorrow.

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