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Dr. Aján acclaims 2007 Royal WWC as “Best of All Times”

"At the end of the 2007 Royal World Weightlifting Championships, the IWF can express only the highest praise and compliments to the Organizing Committee, headed by Maj.Gen. Intarat Yodbangtoey, and the host Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association, (TAWA) led by Mrs. Boossaba Yodbangtoey", said IWF President Dr. Tamás Aján to journalists. "The technical organization and the hospitality can be described only in superlatives – both inside the Competition Hall and at the Hotels. On behalf of the IWF we wish to express our satisfaction and gratitude."

Speaking of the standard of competitions, he pointed out that the fact that the 2007 RWWC in ChiangMai was the Main Qualification Event for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games had attracted huge fields to Thailand.

Stressing the IWF’s firm stance to continue its strict and relentless Anti-doping controls, Dr. Aján stated that a few doping violations had been revealed already during the sample-taking procedure.

He pointed out: "In accordance with the WADA and IWF Anti-Doping Code, participants of the 2007 Royal World Weightlifting Championships were subject to strict and extensive anti-doping controls carried out by a professional, independent, WADA-accredited Anti-Doping Control Agency.

Participating teams had been warned and made aware of the fact that from 3 days prior to the World Championships until the end of the competitions any athlete could be called to dope testing; not only the medal winners, not only after the competition, but anytime and anywhere. All the testing made here in ChiangMai counted as in-competition anti-doping control."

The Testing team had reported on some cases of attempts to manipulate or avoid the sample taking. Investigated and confirmed to have comitted Anti-Doping Code violations, the athletes concerned (from Myanmar and Kazakhstan) were disqualified from the World Championships right on spot.