Press releases 24th June 2021

The ITA concludes investigation into a decade of rule violations in weightlifting, charges current and former IWF officials

• The International Testing Agency (ITA) publishes a Report on anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) following a series of allegations of misconduct by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), providing an overview of the findings of the investigation into approximately 146 unresolved cases over the 2009-2019 period. The Report notably uncovers mishandling and impropriety on the part of certain IWF officials in relation to its anti-doping program. As a consequence of these discoveries, the ITA has – among other follow-up actions – asserted ADRVs against former IWF President Tamas Ajan, IWF Vice President Nicolae Vlad, and Hassan Akkus, President of the European Weightlifting Confederation.

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