The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) regards the safety and well-being of athletes, officials, spectators and the wider population as its number one priority when organising international sporting events.
IWF has therefore been in close contact with all Local Organising Committees following the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and has been diligent in following the most up to date advice from the World Health Organization (WHO). This follows the postponement / cancellation of four (4) of the five planned Continental Championships in the last two weeks.
Noting the impact, the postponement of these Championships will have on the Qualification System of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, the IWF Sport Commission has met twice in the last 48 hours to urgently address the action needed to safeguard the integrity of this framework.
In the presence of IWF President Dr. Tamas Ajan, IWF General Secretary Mohammed Jaloud and IWF Vice President Nicu Vlad, the Commission has reaffirmed the IWF’s no compromise anti-doping approach to protect the clean athlete but at the same time, to identify measures to modify elements of the system with the view to still providing a clear avenue to athlete qualification.
Such recommendations will be presented to the Executive Board upon its meeting to be held on 17 – 18 March 2020.
Moreover, the IWF Sport Commission also discussed the key principles to support the development of the Dakar 2022 Youth Olympic Games Qualification System.
The IWF Sport Commission comprises of Matthew Curtain (Chair), Nicu Vlad (IWF Vice-President and Technical Committee Chair), Reiko Chinen (Tokyo 2020 Weightlifting Manager & IWF Technical Committee Secretary), Tom Goegebuer (IWF Athletes Commission Deputy Chair) and Attila Adamfi (IWF Director General).