Weightlifting Reform Vote Scheduled

(ATR) IWF moves forward on governance changes recommended by IOC ... 

(ATR) Key reforms for International Weightlifting Federation scheduled for June 30 vote.

The IWF Executive Board set the date to approve a new constitution at a virtual meeting April 1. The vote was originally planned for this month following the election of new officers once planned to take place at the end of March.

But acting upon recommendations of the IOC, the IWF has switched the order of the votes. Both are crucial to weightlifting's survival on the Olympic program. The IOC has served notice that the federation must engage in significant governance reforms as well as ending the chronic doping and corruption that has marred the sport. Weightlifting historically has been perhaps the most troubled of the 33 sports in the Summer Olympics.

In February the IOC insisted that the IWF consider adopting a new constitution before voting on new leadership.

Interim IWF President Michael Irani says the virtual meeting of the EB this week will propel changes needed for the sport and the federation.

"We are determined to push ahead towards our key goal of ensuring clean, fair and exciting competitions at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games while also reforming the IWF in order to ensure it is fit for a brighter future," he says in a statement.

No word yet on the date for the election of the new IWF leadership. The new constitution allows for a 90 day window for elections. That will mean a date in the third quarter of the year at the earliest.

The IWF board also endorsed changes to qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics due to the pandemic, along with moving the Junior World championships in May from Saudi Arabia to Uzbekistan. "Ongoing issues arising from the pandemic" are given as the reason from Saudi organizers who asked for the change. Dates remain as May 23 to 31.

On the anti-doping front the IWF revised upwards the fines facing national federations for doping infractions. The maximum fine is $500,000. Previously it was $300,000. The new toll will take effect after three infractions instead of the previous threshold of four infractions.

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Reported by Ed Hula.