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IWF initiatives for the weightlifting community

Through the IWF and its members, a host of initiatives are being conducted for the weightlifting community across the world including coaching courses, anti-doping webinar series, and a panel discussion revolving around clean sport.

On behalf of IWF, the International Testing Agency (ITA) organized its first webinar series covering the key aspects of anti-doping in 2022. As part of its initiative to promote the value and significance of its anti-doping in the sport, this five week long course comprised of 5 webinars in English, with simultaneous translations in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish. The athletes and the athlete support personnel who participated in all 5 webinars were awarded with program completion certificates.

The IWF recognizes the value of promoting and imparting the importance of clean sport amongst not just athletes, but also parents and guardians of young athletes. To promote this endeavour, the IWF invited parents, guardians, and all those who worked alongside young athletes to learn more on the topic through an expert panel discussion comprising of Dr Lubna Sibtain, whose daughter was the first female swimmer and youngest female Olympian from Pakistan, and Jodi Brown, a former international netball player, parent, and member of Drug Free Sport New Zealand’s Education Team. They shared their experiences and provided practical tips on how parents and guardians could learn about and take an active role in clean sport.

Lastly, the Weightlifting Federation of Cyprus, organized a coaching course supported by the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity program and the IWF.

Altogether 19 participants took part and listened to various presentations among others on: Theory of the Coaching Pathway, Coaching Skill development, Competition Preparation and End Phase Theory, Code of Ethics and Fair Play and The Winning Attitude – athlete’s mind set. This is an important part of the IWF’s strategy to create a well-learned and educated weightlifting community around the globe to achieve its objectives of a well-governed and clean sport in the Olympic world.