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IWF Executive Board Meets, Decides Good Governance Provisions

The IWF Executive Board met online and in person in Jeddah, Saud-Arabia and discussed good governance measures, making several key decisions aimed at implementing the recently-adopted Constitution at the heart of the IWF’s reforms. The decisions focused on provisions for the various upcoming elections and ensuring they are conducted according to high levels of integrity. “The IWF has already turned a corner. We already know that the composition of the Executive Board after the coming elections will be more representative of athletes, have improved gender equity and that all candidates will have had to go through eligibility checks that include strict provisions around clean sport,” said IWF Interim President Dr Michael Irani. “We already know this because of the Constitution adopted in August. Today’s decisions around the implementation of that Constitution are a further demonstration of just how far the IWF has come in terms of reform.” Terms of Reference were approved for the IWF’s new Legal Commission and Electoral Commission. There was also discussion about ensuring the IWF serves as the best possible example for Member Federations, with support being provided through translation of the IWF Constitution to several languages such as Spanish, French, Russian and Arabic and with possible continental seminars of the newly adopted rules. The election rules for the IWF Athletes Commission were also approved, with participants at the 2021 IWF World Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent to serve as the electorate. Three athlete representatives will then go on to become members of the IWF Executive Board and also have a vote at the IWF Congress. The IWF Athletes Commission election rules will now be subject to approval by the Electoral Commission. After the approval of the Electoral Commission all details of the process will be provided to Member Federations. Taken together, these developments will make the IWF a leader in athlete inclusion in decision making. The IWF Executive Board also discussed progress towards the 2021 IWF World Weightlifting Championships, which continues to be on track. “We are determined to follow up on the clean weightlifting competitions of Tokyo 2020 with clean World Championships. After turning a corner, it is vital that weightlifting stays on the right track. And I am confident that the measures we are putting in place will ensure just that,” continued Interim President

More than 200 lifters have competed in the 14th National Games in China

The Flame of the 14th National Games of China was lit during the Opening Ceremony. The Opening Ceremony in Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province on 15 September marks an official start for the 14th National Games of China, which is organized in every four years. The Chinese President XI Jinping presented in the Ceremony and announced commencement of the Games, with more than 12000 athletes participating in competitive sports and more than 10000 Sports-for-All athletes, which will close on 27 September. A number of Chinese sport stars sparkled in Tokyo have run the torch relay before the Opening Ceremony and will compete in the 13-day National Games. Weightlifting, is one of the sports with the largest number of Olympic Champions competing in the Games, and altogether 9 Olympic Champions have participated, including 6 gold medalists in Tokyo and 4 Gold medalists in Rio. Weightlifting Competitions lasted for 8 days, with women competing from 16 to 19 September and men from 20 to 24 September. A total of 113 female athletes and 108 male athletes in 14 categories have competed in weightlifting competitions. During the 8-day competition, National Senior Records and National Junior Records were broken 7 times and 20 times respectively, and regarding the current World Senior Records and the current World Junior Records, they were surpassed 6 times and 25 times respectively. More than 200 lifters have competed on this stage during the 14th National Games of China Hou Zhihui, the Tokyo Champion, won with a total of 214 kg in Women’s 49kg, 1 kg ahead of her rival Jiang Huihua and the current world record, which seems to have confronted a harder competition than that in Tokyo, when there was only a total of 202 kg of the Indian Silver Medalist. Women’s 55kg was full of surprise. Su Tingting representing Sichuan Province won the title with a total of 225 kg, 1kg over the Gold Medalist of the category in Tokyo. Liao Qiuyun, the Silver Medalist in Tokyo only finished 9th, 10 kg behind Su. Yu Linglong, an 18-year-old teenager was second with a total of 223, equal to Liao’s total in Tokyo.   Su Tingting won the Women’s 55kg with a total of 225kg LUO Shifang, a 20-year-old promising youngster, claimed the title in Women’s 59 kg, with a total of 241kg surpassing the current world youth record. In women’s 76kg, the title went to the 29-year-old XIANG Yanmei, the Rio Olympic Champion, who did 118-157-275, with 1 kg over the current clean&jerk world record. It’s also worth mentioning that PENG Cuiting’s 125kg exceeds the current snatch world record, while another 19-year-old LIAO Guifang’s 119kg surpassing the current world youth record. In women’s 87kg, Tokyo Olympic Champion WANG Zhouyu who was not in her best after 21-day quarantine, won the title in a result of 118-155-273. Women’s super-heavyweight was a battle between Tokyo Olympic Champion LI Wenwen and the Rio Champion MENG Suping. Not surprisingly, the hottest LI Wenwen won with a 144-176-320, 18kg ahead of MENG Suping in total. In Men’s 61kg, despite confronting strong challenge from his rivals’ world-record-breaking performance and a disadvantage of 6kg by the end of snatch session, LI Fabin showed his reign over the clean&jerk and brought back the gold medal in total, with a result of 141-170-311. And CHEN Lijun, another Tokyo Olympic Dhampion, won the Men’s 67kg without facing much pressure, with 8kg ahead of silver and bronze medalists in total. As always, Men’s 73kg was a solo show for double Olympic Champion SHI Zhiyong. 170-195-365 was the final result he handed, 1kg ahead of his own snatch and total world record, 12kg ahead of Silver medalist WEI Yinting in total. SHI Zhiyong, double Olympic Champion in Rio and Tokyo, broke the National Record while surpassing the current World Records In Men’s 81kg, with a total of 364kg, LI Dayin, a rising star in the category had an 1kg edge win over LU Delin, a Shaan’xi local Youngster. The winner of Men’s 96kg was TIAN Tao, a current world record holder in Clean&Jerk and in total. He performed a result of 178-208-386. Source: Chinese Weightlifting

Key Dates And Location For IWF World Weightlifting Championships And Elections Announced

Lausanne, 9 September 2021; Following decisions taken by the Executive Board of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), the dates and locations of the forthcoming 2021 IWF World Weightlifting Championships and the IWF Electoral Congress have been announced.  Both the 2021 IWF World Championships (7-17 December) and the Electoral Congress (20-21 December) will be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.All related documents including the Event regulation are now available on the IWF website. “We already know for sure that the IWF Executive Board which follows the December elections will be very different to any that has gone before it, reflecting a more egalitarian culture that is also more clearly focused on the needs of weightlifters,” said IWF Interim President Dr Michael Irani. “This will follow on from clean weightlifting competitions at Tokyo 2020 and the adoption of completely revised governance measures in satisfying the criteria for success that were established for us by the IOC.” The 2021 IWF Junior World Weightlifting Championships were successfully held in Tashkent in May, as were the Asian Weightlifting Federation’s 2021 Congress and Asian Championships. “Our friends in Tashkent have already proven themselves to be very capable organisers of important weightlifting events this year, and the IWF is deeply grateful both to them and to the others who had shown interest in hosting our events. The IWF is pleased to be able to deliver this measure of certainty around the 2021 IWF World Weightlifting Championships for all our athletes,” continued Irani. “And in this difficult year, with the effects of the pandemic still being felt, our main priority will continue to be ensuring safe and healthy conditions for all involved.”

Dates Confirmed for the 2021 IWF World Championships

After careful consideration the IWF Executive Board has decided to reschedule the 2021 IWF World Championships for a new date with a new host: Competition Program 05 December 2021 / 15:00 - VERIFICATION OF FINAL ENTRIES 06 December 2021 / 18:00 - TECHNICAL OFFICIALS' MEETING 07-17 December 2021 / IWF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (11 days) The deadline for submitting the Preliminary Entries for the 2021 IWF World Championships is 07 SEPTEMBER 2021. Registration details: As usual it is mandatory for Federations to register their athletes before the preliminary entry deadline for the IWF World Championships. For this purpose, Federations are able to register up to 20 athletes/gender even though the final number of competitors can only be a maximum of 10 athletes (+2 Reserves) per gender, that shall be selected by the Final Entry deadline (05 November 2021). Entries shall be registered only via the IWF Online Entry System http://www.iwf.net/e-entry_2021iwfwc/ Anti-Doping eligibility requirements for the Event: In accordance with article 5.5.16 of the IWF Anti-Doping Rules 2021 whereabouts information of the athletes shall be submitted at a minimum of three (3) months prior to the IWF World Championships. Athletes who wish to compete at the IWF World Championships shall submit their whereabouts information for the period outlined above at the latest on 07 SEPTEMBER 2021. ADAMS Deadline for Q3 2021 in regards to the IWF World Championships: 07 September 2021 ADAMS Deadline for Q4 2021 in regards to the IWF World Championships: 30 September 2021 An Athlete who does not comply with this provision is not eligible to compete at the IWF Event. The new host country will be announced soon and the regulation will be sent out and uploaded to the IWF website accordingly.

Final Entry Deadline – 2021 IWF Youth World Championships

The final entry deadline of the 2021 IWF YWC is 05 September 2021, this Sunday.The Federations shall delete all those athletes who will not participate, then confirm the final entries by clicking on the "Confirm Final List" button in the IWF ONLINE ENTRY SYSTEMThe Federations shall select maximum of 12 Men Athletes (10+2 reserve) and 12 Women Athletes (10+2 reserve) - when applies - from the Preliminary

Heavy lifting finally completed as IWF overwhelmingly passes new weightlifting constitution

Pyrros Dimas tells Around the Rings “I see happy faces, happy people and I hope everything will be the same from here to the future.”   The International Weightlifting Federation overwhelmingly approves a new constitution just days before the IOC Executive Board is to meet about the future of the sport in the Olympics. The vote came on Sunday at a second IWF Constitutional Congress being held in Doha, Qatar. The first one in late June ended with no agreement.   Pyrros Dimas, the legendary Greek weightlifter who is a member of the IWF Executive Board, tells Around the Rings “we’ve voted with 93.3 percent, a huge percentage, this is for me a victory for our sport. I was very worried before I came here but I see people who support our sport and they decide to keep our sport in the Olympics”. When asked if the new constitution would pass muster with the IOC, Dimas says “”I think yes because we did what the IOC wants. And we have nothing to be afraid about that.” The IOC Executive Board is scheduled to meet on Sept. 8. At the last IOC Session in Tokyo, the EB was given powers to suspend a federation from participating in an Olympics. The IOC has repeatedly warned the IWF that the sport could lose its place at Paris 2024 if specific criteria for internal governance reform and anti-doping measures weren’t implemented in a new constitution. While the 156-page constitution has been approved, there are five amendments to the document that still need to be discussed and decided. This effort will likely run into Monday. After the amendments are handled, the IWF Executive Board is scheduled to meet to discuss specifics including when and where the delayed Electoral Congress will be held. Dimas says that after the EB meeting is completed, the IWF will publish the new constitution in its entirety. But he says the hardest part of the process – the approval of the new constitution – has been accomplished. “I’m seeing all this, what’s happened today here very positive and I see happy faces, happy people and I hope everything will be the same from here to the future.” Source: Gerard Farek - Around the