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The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), via its appointed independent Eligibility Determination Panel, has today published the list of eligible candidates for the first IWF Athletes’ Commission elections.

In total, 17 candidates representing all continents and genders will go forward to the elections, which will take place at the 2022 IWF World Championships in Bogotá, Colombia from 5-16 December 2022.

It will be the first time that elections have been held for the IWF Athletes’ Commission and reflects the federation’s commitment to ensuring a strong athlete voice is represented.

The IWF received 25 applications, of which three have been declared ineligible according to the Athletes’ Commission Electoral Rules and the IWF Constitution. A further six candidacies have been deemed provisionally ineligible due to non-compliance with the candidate nomination process. These candidates will be granted the right to be heard until Monday, 7 November 2022. An update on their status will be published on 9 November.

Following the elections, the IWF will break new ground in athlete representation by having three athletes on the IWF Executive Board and also having three athletes as full voting members of the IWF Congress.

IWF General Secretary Antonio Urso said:

“It’s encouraging to see such interest and diversity among the candidates – and I thank them all for their commitment to contribute to the future of our sport. These elections represent an important milestone in our efforts to develop a truly athlete-centred culture across the IWF. I would also like to acknowledge the members of the Eligibility Determination Panel for their rigorous and important work ensuring the process is delivered to the highest levels of integrity, in line with the good governance principles set out in our new constitution.”

IWF Athletes’ Commission Chair Forrester Osei added:

“On behalf of the current Athletes’ Commission, I would like to congratulate all the nominated athletes and thank them for helping drive our sport forward with athletes at its heart. We are excited to hear the candidates’ ideas to help build on our work strengthening the athlete voice within the IWF. We are working diligently to support a successful election and we wish all the candidates the best of luck.”

The Report of the Eligibility Determination Panel can be accessed here.