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New Year, New Rules – ITA-IWF webinar brings Member Federations up to speed on anti-doping regulations

On Friday, February 26th, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) hosted this year’s first anti-doping webinar in collaboration with the International Testing Agency (ITA).


The session entitled “New Year, New Rules – Introduction to the new IWF Anti-Doping Rules and Useful Information for Member Federations” provided IWF Member Federation leadership and anti-doping administrators with key information about changes in the global and IWF anti-doping rules. The primary goal of the webinar was to enable those working on the operational level by sharing important updates on the following topics:

Main Changes to the World Anti-Doping Code and International Standards
2021 IWF Anti-Doping Rules
Whereabouts Requirements
Obligations of the Member Federations
TUE Application Process
Contact Information and Resources
The webinar saw a record participation from Member Federations across the globe and was offered in five different languages with simultaneous translation. 379 participants attended this insightful session on Zoom and via the IWF YouTube Channel.

This inaugural webinar delivered by the ITA proved a valuable occasion for the Member Federations to enhance their understanding of the new IWF Anti-Doping Rules and awareness of their obligations and responsibilities in the anti-doping context, as well as other important principles regarding the IWF Anti-Doping Programme managed by the ITA. Gianluca Siracusano, ITA Head of Regulatory Compliance and Olya Abasolo Ovtchinnikova OLY, ITA Education Manager delivered the presentations.

A recording of today’s session is available on the IWF YouTube Channel.

In the coming months, IWF will announce the dates and topics of the next series of webinars tailored to Athletes and Athlete Support Personnel. These sessions will be organized and delivered by the ITA. Further information on the programme will be communicated to the Member Federations via email and promoted on the IWF social media channels.