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IWF Medical Committee Meeting in Lausanne

The IWF Medical Committee held its extraordinary meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland on 27 March 2014.

Besides 9 members, Chairman Dr. Michael Irani Anti-Doping Commission Chairman Dr. Patrick Schamasch and IWF President Dr. Tamas Ajan being present, the IOC Medical Director Dr. Richard Budgett also participated in the meeting.

Major topics discussed:

The IWF Medical Committee set its 3 years working plan including the elaboration of a Medical Manual. Event organizers guidelines will also include a comprehensive Anti-Doping section with well-defined requirements to be provided at IWF events.

The IWF Medical Kit to be used on major events such as World Championships was introduced in order to assure a proper and professional medical treatment for athletes on competition sites.

Sports specific characteristics were established to differentiate weightlifting from other sports from the medical and analytical point of view.

The meeting marked the first step of a tighter cooperation between the IOC Medical and Scientific Department, the IWF Medical Committee and the IWF Anti-Doping Commission in order to further harmonize the work in this field.