At its meeting held in Doha, Qatar on 15 November 2005, the IWF Executive Board discussed the issue of repeated anti-doping violations by the Turkish Weightlifting Federation’s athletes and officials, while it provided a hearing to the delegation of the Federation.
The following decision was taken, with regard to the fact that the TWF has brought the IWF and the Sport of Weightlifting into disrepute:
“The IWF Executive Board hereby acknowledge the achievements of the Turkish Weightlifting Federation (TWF) having organised several international events and its valuable contribution to the Weightlifting Sport.
1. The TWF shall be suspended from all international events until 31st May 2006.
2. The TWF shall pay the fine of US 100,000 that is one hundred thousand US dollars, before being readmitted to the membership of IWF. The IWF Executive Board declares that the fine shall be used for the purpose anti-doping activities.
3. The TWF shall identify the coaches and athletes involved in this matter and impose the necessary sanctions.
4. The TWF shall develop and implement an Anti-Doping Education Program to be approved and monitored by the IWF Executive Board.”
Having received the above decision in writing, the President of the Turkish Weightlifting Federation accepted it.