The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) still in the eye of the hurricane. To the corruption scandal suffered by the McLaren report and the ongoing cases of doping uncovered in several of their national federations, it must be added that has relieved its president from office, the American Ursula Papandea, to leave the position temporarily in Intarat yodbangtoey, President of the Thai Weightlifting Federation, suspended for repeated doping cases.
This decision was made in an emergency telematic meeting to which Papandrea was not convened by its own executive committee. The former president acceded on an interim basis to the position last January, after the resignation of the Hungarian Tamas Recommends when he was surrounded by the accusations of irregularities in its management.
The successor of the North American, who is also acting president of the Asian confederation, was the first vice president of the IWF and was one of those accused of engaging in corrupt practices in the report prepared by the Canadian Richard Mclaren, who had already investigated the Russian doping plot.
This report was commissioned by Papandreu when he took office in January and provided evidence that the IWF was “a nest of corruption at the highest level” during Aján’s tenure, with vote buying, hidden accounts or cover-up of 40 doping cases “including world medalists.”
McLaren also attributed other mafia practices that Aján carried out for 24 years, such as handing out bribes between the members of the assembly or the massive diversion of funds For their own benefit, with $ 10.4 million out of control.
Among other totally different disputes held in the IWF is the qualification system for the Tokyo Olympics, postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. On their way to the Japanese capital, weightlifters depend on their world or continental ranking to attend the Games, but there are IWF members who want to change competitions that will be scored in the new calendar. The choice of one or the other benefits or harms the aspiring countries.
New IOC warning
The reaction of International Olympic Committee (IOC) has not been made wait, as it has shown its concern for the new direction taken by the IWF, who has already threatened to take action for “the critical importance of continue reforms within the IWF to ensure the independence of its anti-doping policy and the modernization of its governance and management structures. “
In a statement, the IOC claims to feel “very concerned” about removing Papandreou from office, with whom he maintained “excellent cooperation” during his mandate and stressed that he “fully supportse reforms that had begun“.
The Olympic body points out that “the way in which the decision was made and the substitute chosen” will also be “taken into account. at the time of making new decisions “, in reference to modifying the situation of their sport within the Olympic program.