12th October 2020

IWF says it has implemented anti-doping reforms requested by IOC

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) said that it had already implemented two key anti-doping reform points highlighted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at its recent Executive Board meeting. The IOC said that the IWF needed to ensure the independence of its anti-doping system beyond the end of its contract with the International Testing Agency (ITA) at the end of 2020; and said it must delegate disciplinary proceedings  the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). 

“The IWF is already a leader in terms of the independence shown by our anti-doping work”, said IWF Interim President Ursula Papandrea in a statement. “The most recent demonstration of this came only last week, with the establishment of a new Anti-Doping Commission based on independent members recommended and vetted by the ITA. We have enjoyed a successful working relationship with the ITA and fully intend to continue that relationship into 2021 and beyond. And as expressed to the IOC in June, we signed an agreement with the CAS ADD [Anti-Doping Division] on April 22, delegating our first-instance authority to adjudicate alleged anti-doping rule violations and any sanctions.” 

In January, an investigation by journalists found serious corruption issues at the IWF, including corruption of its anti-doping system. A subsequent investigation detailed how Tamas Aján, the IWF’s former President, had spearheaded corrupt governance structures at the IWF, and had hidden adverse analytical findings (AAFs).

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