On 5th December 2012, IWF President Dr. Tamás Aján received Mr. Claus Umbach, President of the German Weightlifting Federation (BVDG) for a discussion in Budapest. Mr. Umbach’s goal in asking for this meeting was to clear misunderstandings and seek to reestablish the good relations between the German Federation and the IWF. Regarding the BVDG’s open letter dated 4th October 2012 addressed to the IWF President and sent to all the National Federations, the signatory, Mr. Umbach said he was sorry and personally apologized for the statements made in the letter.
Dr. Aján emphasized that he and the IWF had always considered the German Federation as an important feature in an international context. The BVDG President confirmed his support to the IWF’s objectives and expressed his appreciation towards its anti-doping activities and initiatives. The prospects of a fruitful co-operation between the IWF and the BVDG were also discussed in the meeting.