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WADA 2012 Testing Figures

In accordance with Article 14.5 of the World Anti-Doping Code, WADA has traditionally published two annual sets of testing figures: the first set reported by the WADA accredited laboratories on analyses performed, and the second by Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) on their doping control activities. In 2012, for the very first time, figures have been compiled entirely from the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS), the system through which all WADA accredited laboratories report their positive and negative findings. This advanced method of data collation means that there is no longer a requirement for the publication of a second set of testing figures – the separate ADO Testing Figures Report – later in the year. This new report, using ADAMS, combines the laboratory and ADO testing data in urine, blood and Athlete Biological Passport samples, and has allowed for the most transparent reflection of the global state of anti-doping testing to-date. It is important to note that the number of Adverse Analytical Findings (AAFs) and Atypical Findings (ATFs) reported by laboratories may not correspond with the number of Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) reported by ADOs. This is because all results are subject to a results management process conducted by ADOs, which includes matching results with Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) and longitudinal studies. In addition, one single result in the report does not necessarily correspond to one athlete. Results could correspond to multiple findings on the same athlete or measurements performed on the same athlete, such as in the case of longitudinal studies in testosterone. The 2012 Anti-Doping Testing Figures Report is available here Check out the figures for Weightlifting under Table G34: 2012 Anti-Doping Testing Figures - Olympic Sport –


Congratulation to the winning teams: TABORIO CLUB FROM KIRIBATI AND THE HAUNABADA CLUB FROM PAPUA NEW GUINEA The ZKC Email International Club Tournament which concluded on July 31st was once again a great success for club lifters. The winning club in the male section was TABORIO Club from KIRIBATI, whilst in the female section it was the Haunabada Club from Papua New Guinea. This is the fourth successive year for the Haunabada Club to win the female section. Both clubs will each receive one Olympic barbell set from ZKC who is the sponsor of the tournament. The OWF would like to thank the General Manager of the ZKC Company, Mr. Zhang Zhiguo, for his support and contribution toward this event and also towards the development of weightlifting at club level worldwide and the IWF for the support in promoting the event. The Oceania Weightlifting Federation wishes to thank every club which took part in this year’s tournament and congratulations to the individual winners and to the two winning clubs. Check out interesting statistics regarding the event

Pan American and South American Junior Championship –Santiago of Chile

The Pan American and South American Junior Championship has been concluded with great success in Santiago of Chile. The competition was organized in the Chilean Olympic Training Center and was transmitted LIVE by TV and via internet on the web site The wonderful atmosphere, the music and lights made great impression on the public and also on the sport authorities of Chile. The best teams in the Pan American Championship were United States in female section and Peru in the male section, with Chile in the third place in male section. In the South American Championship in both sections the winner was Ecuador, followed by Peru and Chile. During the Victory Ceremony, the Chilean Federation presented a special award to Mr. Basilio Chalak (ARG) and to Mr. David Montero (BRA) for their important contribution to weightlifting sport and their long friendship with Chile. After the competition, the delegations were invited to visit the Ski Center Snowy Valley ( Valle Nevado), where people enjoyed snow and then to lunch in a picturesque place near Santiago. Complete results on

Tragic news: Dr Shimon Barak dies at 59

It is with the deepest sorrow that we have to announce the premature death of Dr. Shimon Barak, Israel. A former Olympian weightlifter and survivor of the 1972 Munich terrorist attack, Shimon Barak became the key player in Israel’s new era of weightlifting. He put life into the Israeli Weightlifting Federation and gave a new meaning to its activities by leading his country back to the International Weightlifting Community through affiliation with the European Federation. His activities as a weightlifting lecturer, referee and official soon developed international scale and he was elected to the IWF Executive Board and in the Scientific and Research Committee from 1992 up to 2009. He chaired the IWF Medical Committee during two terms and served on the IWF Anti-Doping Hearing Panel on numerous occasions. He served as a Technical Official at Olympic Games, Youth Olympics, the Universiade and countless World Championships. A born coach and teacher, Dr. Barak was also a strong believer in sports education and education through sports. He was the Director of the Sports School at Tel Aviv University. He organised and hosted the first ever IWF University World Championships in 1998 in Tel Aviv – thus starting a beautiful era in academic weightlifting. At the same time, he realized the role and used the wonderful potential of sports to abolish animosity and create peace, understanding and friendship between nations, peoples or different religious groups. In that spirit, he regularly organised in Israel the Friendship Games’, a basketball tournament between university teams. Symbolically, the last major event that was held in Israel under his baton was the 3rd FISU World University Weightlifting Championships in Eilat, the crossroads of three countries and different worlds and cultures. Dr. Shimon Barak was the incarnation of the Sportsman: active, athletic, strong in mind and body and a fearless champion of Fair Play; and at the same time, also a Man of Honour, a Family Man and a True Friend. His accomplishments were plenty yet his oeuvre was far from being finished. He fought bravely for a year before at the incredibly young age of 59 years he finally lost the game against the cruel disease, cancer. The IWF and the Weightlifting Family mourn his untimely departure and share the grief of his Family. Dr. Shimon Barak’s  dear memory will live with us