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IWF World Championships 2023: all anti-doping tests were negative!

Besides the outstanding sportive success, the IWF is pleased to announce that the 2023 IWF World Championships, held from September 4-17 in Riyadh (KSA), had no positive doping results among the 213 athletes from 61 different countries that were tested. In addition to the 213 urine samples, 82 blood samples were collected (approximately 40% of the tests).

The IWF global showcase was attended by 692 lifters and is one of the two mandatory events in the pathway for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games qualification.

Lifting Clean in Riyadh

After receiving this positive report from the International Testing Agency (ITA), responsible for the independent conduct of all IWF anti-doping activities, the IWF President Mohammed Jalood and IWF Secretary General Antonio Urso wrote a note of appreciation to all IWF National Member Federations. This accomplishment reflects the rigorous anti-doping measures, the commitment of our athletes, and the dedication of the Member Federations to uphold the highest standards of integrity in weightlifting,” the IWF leadership considered.

Congratulations to all athletes and National Federations!

“We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to each and every Member Federation, its athletes, coaches, officials, and all stakeholders for their relentless commitment to clean and fair competition. Your dedication to maintaining the integrity of our sport is truly commendable and serves as an inspiration to the entire weightlifting community,” they concluded.

This encouraging news comes two weeks after the historic IOC decision to reinstate weightlifting in the programme of the LA 2028 Olympic Games. One of the main arguments in favour of that outcome was the consideration of the enormous effort the IWF is doing in terms of fighting against doping in sport.

The IWF World Championships 2023 are the most recent and tangible proof of that commitment!  

IWF Communications

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