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IWF Clean Sport Commission: Reforming and elevating standards

The International Weightlifting Federation’s (IWF) Clean Sport Commission met for the first time for a two days meeting in Frankfurt on Monday and Tuesday this week.

IWF Director General, Attila Adamfi opened the meeting giving a comprehensive summary on the issues discussed by the Sport Programme Commission and drafted the leading lines suggested for future implementation.

“The Clean Sport Commission takes its tasks seriously and what drives its work towards efficiency is the combination of people knowing weightlifting, athletes, administrators joined by outside experts in the areas of testing, science and sports law working together to evaluate the most state-of-the-art innovations available and find the ones which could serve the protection of the sport best.” – said Richard Young, Sports Law Expert and Member of the Commission.

The new Commission looks into the past to assess the present in aiming to ensure a level playing field for all with making recommendations for the future. Willing to address the issue on a high level, the emphasis was put on getting the full support of all stakeholders involved.

The Independent experts in the field of Anti-Doping (Athlete Representative, Representative of the World Anti-Doping Agency, Sports Law Experts, Laboratory Experts, Representatives of a National Anti-Doping Agency) all agreed that doping could be fought with joint forces only and IWF can count on the contribution of its Member Federations, the National Anti-Doping Organizations and the National Olympic Committees.

Major axes paired with assets were brought together as part of potential innovations to lead the way in the following fields:

  • Potential changes in the IWF Anti-Doping Policy
  • Anti-Doping Education – shifting the culture through targeted spread of knowledge
  • Sample Collection
  • Analytical innovations

The Commission aims to find the best means to improve the IWF Anti-Doping Programme even further, relying on both the expertise provided by its Members and its assessment of the robust work already done by IWF.

The first preliminary report of the Commission will be submitted to the IWF Executive Board during its meeting in Bucharest on 30 September- 1 October.