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IWF Prepares to defend Olympic Qualification at CAS

In April of this year, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) announced a radically new Qualification System for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, with the principal aim of protecting clean sport. The Weightlifting Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan has filed an appeal to the Court of Arbitration in Sport to challenge the Qualification System.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifying system for weightlifting was approved by the International Olympic Committee, which reduced the overall number of places available at Tokyo 2020 for weightlifters.

Under the new system, athletes will have to compete in at least six eligible competitions between 1 November 2018 and 30 April 2020, ensuring there are regularly subjected to the heightened level of doping controls at IWF-sanctioned competitions.

“The IWF is completely committed to protecting clean athletes to and to ensuring that demonstrably clean athletes lift at the Olympic Games, which remains the pinnacle of our sport,” said IWF President Tamas Ajan. “In recent years, we have worked hard to reduce the historical incidence of doping in weightlifting by radically changing our approach. Change can often be difficult, but for the good of our sport, the IWF is determined to continue working towards a brighter future.”