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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan to host the 2018 IWF World Championships

The IWF EB received the Anti-Doping Commission’s status report already reflecting some of the initiatives made by the Clean Sport Commission.

Following the inclusive presentation of Alain Siegrist, IWF Financial Advisor, the EB approved the Budget for 2018 and received a status report on 2017.

The Executive Board listened to three projects presented by Regional Organizations based on common language: the Francophone Confederation, the Russian speaking countries and Arabic Federation and acknowledged these as a further form of development in weightlifting.

A tripartite agreement was born – unanimously supported by the Executive Board – on the organization of the 2018 IWF World Championships. Recognizing the request of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan to make post Games use of the legacy left by the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games which was an enormously successful event, the original host of the 2018 World Championships renounced the organization enabling the Executive Board to reallocate it to Turkmenistan.

Athletes competing at the World Championships in Ashgabat will be able enjoy state-of-the-art venues and facilities which were constructed for the AIMAG, ensuring they can compete at their very best.

In addition to its traditional Development Program for Member Federations, the IWF continues to provide unprecedented financial contribution to the Continental Federations in an annual value of 1 million USD which they have to spend on the development of the sport.

The IWF is dedicated to help its constituents (National and Continental Federations) to improve the level of their governance in line with the IOC and ASOIF recommendations.