Prior to the Olympic qualification Youth World Championships, the IWF Executive Board discussed a number of weighty issues at its meeting in Bangkok, on 2nd April.
The Financial Report revealed a highly successful year of 2016 for the Federation, including substantial incomes – largely, but not only – originating from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games revenues coupled with a modest and conservative spending, as typical for the IWF.
One area the Federation did not save money, however, was its Development Program, in which the IWF allocated substantial funds to enhance the sport in its Member Federations worldwide.
The summary and statistics of the Development Program 2017 were presented by Development and Education Commission Chairman, Mr. José Quinones, accompanied by Ms. Eva Moska, DEC Director and Ms. Timea Horvath, DEC Manager. The Executive Board approved the proposal of the Commission. A total value of USD 524 000 will be allocated to the applying National Federations and update was given on the – also substantial – contribution to support the Continental Federations.
The IWF Anti-Doping Commission presented the 2017 IWF Anti-Doping Program to the Board including the 2017 International Registered Testing Pool and the 2017 Anti-Doping Education Plan. The Program is founded on the motto ‘quality more than quantity’ and efficient collaboration with the IWF Athlete Passport Management Unit and other Anti-Doping Organizations. The ADC gave a summary of its 2016 activities based on which it made several proposals to the Board regarding the further actions to be taken and future amendments of the IWF Anti-Doping Policy.
In the presence of M. Francois Carrard to chair the quadrennial elections, details of the IWF Electoral Congress have been finalized. This milestone event will also be hosted by the Thai Weightlifting Association, two months later in Bangkok.
The deadline for the candidatures expired on 28th March 2017 and, following an eligibility check, the list of candidates was released. An impressive number of 119 candidates was proposed by 72 countries to the available 37 positions open to election by the Congress (29-30th May 2017).