In the process of an investigation into the nine Iranian athletes who tested positive out of competition before the 2006 World Championships, the Iranian Weightlifting Federation appointed a new President, Mr. Bahram Afsharzadeh (for a long time General Secretary of the Iranian NOC) and dismissed the Bulgarian chief coach and his assistants.
Mr. Bahram Afsharzadeh, accompanied by Dr. A. Shahabi IWF MC Member, visited the IWF headquarters for talks with the IWF President, Dr. Tamás Aján. Within the discussions Mr. Afsharzadeh gave detailed information including the current financial situation of the Iranian Federation. As a result of 7 hours of negotiations, the parties agreed in the following payment conditions of the fine previously imposed by the Executive Board.
The Iranian Weightlifting Federation paid 25% and will pay another 12,5% of the fine to the IWF before the 3rd of December 2006 and the remaining 62,5% will be settled before the 20th September 2007 in several instalments.
The above agreement does not effect the suspension of the 9 Iranian athletes, however, the Iranian Federation may participate in international events with other athletes.
(See also: Anti-Doping News)