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IWF Statement: McLaren Investigation Report

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has received the McLaren Report on the WADA Investigation of Sochi Allegations and noted with regret that the sport of Weightlifting is implicated.

The IWF contacts WADA in order to receive evidence regarding the McLaren report and ready to carefully evaluate the outcomes and fully cooperate with the respective Anti-Doping Organisations.

In the past four years (2013-2016) the IWF organised the following Events in Russia:

2013 IWF GP – 3rd President’s Cup – Moscow;
2014 IWF Junior World Championships – Kazan; IWF GP – 4th President’s Cup – Noyabrsk
2015 IWF GP – 5th President’s Cup – Grozny
2016 IWF GP – 6th President’s Cup – Kazan

It is important to emphasize that none of the samples taken in these Events were analysed in the Moscow Laboratory.

Furthermore the IWF runs an extensive out of competition (OOC) testing program in Russia and within the aforementioned period none of the OOC samples were analysed in the Moscow Laboratory.

The IWF showed multiple time its zero tolerance towards doping and acted as a pioneer by banning Bulgarian lifters from participating at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The IWF also withdrew numerous quota places from countries having produced multiple positive cases in the Qualification period.

The IWF Executive Board further decided that National Federations confirmed to have produced 3 or more Anti-Doping Rule Violations in the combined re-analysis process of the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games shall be suspended for 1 year.