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IWF Expands Scope Of Governance Reform, Adjusts Dates For Constitutional Congress

The IWF Executive Board decided to expand the scope of governance reform and adjusted the date of its forthcoming Constitutional Congress, to accommodate this more ambitious scope for positive change. In place of the constitutional amendments originally envisaged, the independent members of the Reform and Governance Commission have now proposed an entirely new document that replaces the current IWF Constitution. This approach has been welcomed by the IWF Executive Board. The IWF Constitutional Congress has therefore been pushed back to the revised dates of 29 and 30 April 2021. 

“Based on a comprehensive look at the IWF’s governance by the independent members of our Reform and Governance Commission, it became clear that amendments would not be enough to bring us up to the highest standards and meet the targets suggested to us by the IOC. Instead, complete revision is called for and that is what we will now deliver,” said IWF Interim President Dr Michael Irani. “It will also be important to ensure our athletes and Member Federations have adequate time to review the comprehensive proposals and comment on them before they vote. Fortunately, the new timeline allows us to still achieve two critical objectives: providing Member Federations with a clear view of the future of IWF’s governance while also meeting the IOC’s call for comprehensive reform well in advance for post-Tokyo 2020.”

The IWF Electoral Congress is still planned for 26 and 27 March 2021.