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IWF Electoral Congress

On 4th March 2005 in Istanbul, the delegates from 5 continents representing 112 countries settled down to the important business of the quadrennial Congress of the IWF. After the reports of the IWF President, General Secretary and Committee Chairmen, two new members were affiliated to the Federation: Scotland and Oman. With them, the IWF’s membership rose to 173 members. In the process of the approval of the modified Constitution, By-Laws and Technical Rules of the Federation, valid for the next four years, the most significant decision was the change of the traditional 2.5-kg progression of the weight of the barbell to a universally applied progression by 1-kg increments. Thus avoiding the controversy in the classification of athletes arising from the different calculation of records, the actually achieved results and the official total results, the Federation made a revolutionary step towards a clearer, closer and even more exciting competition. The new 1-kilo rule will enter into force on 1st May 2005. Later on the day, elections took place into all the leading administrative bodies of the IWF for the term 2005-2008. Dr. Tamás Aján of Hungary, was confirmed in the President’s position for a further term by acclamation and the standing ovation of all delegates. Similarly, Mr. Yannis Sgouros from Greece was re-elected as General Secretary by

IWF Executive Board meeting – A significant start

Right on the next day following the elections, the IWF’s new Executive Board held its first meeting in Istanbul. The Board decided about the reallocation of the 2006 World Championships, after having studied 3 very strong candidatures: Azerbaijan, Dominica and Peru. Finally, the Dominican Republic’s Weightlifting Federation was selected to carry out the World Championships in 2006 in the capital Santo Domingo. In accordance with the updated Constitution approved by the Congress, the Executive Board elected two further Board members, whereas it will appoint the chairmen and select the 4 remaining members to complete each of the Technical, Medical and Scientific Committees at its next meeting in Busan, Korea, this coming

PRESS COMMUNICATION of the International Weightlifting Federation

The 21-member Executive Board of the IWF, complete with Dr. Patrick Schamasch, Medical Director of the IOC, Tom Dielen, European Director of WADA, as well as experts from eight further European, Asian and Panamerican countries, held its extraordinary meeting in Budapest, on 2nd and 3rd February 2005. The primary objective of the meeting was to further tighten the anti-doping measures of the IWF – which are singularly severe anyway among the sports; to elaborate new strategies in the interest of a clean weightlifting sport. The IWF Executive Board reinforced its stance against the misuse of doping and engaged in an aggressive campaign in order to eradicate doping from the sport. It issued the unrelenting and strong message to all competitors and national federations: “You don’t comply – you don’t compete!” The WADA Director immediately asked the IWF for the right to use this new slogan in its own operations and programs. Both the International Olympic Committee and WADA confirmed their full support to the Federation. Patrick Schamasch, IOC Director passed on a personal message of Dr. Jacques Rogge, IOC President, when expressing appreciation for the IWF’s long anti-doping fight, and Tom Dielen did the same on behalf of the WADA Board. Proving again that it does not only pass declarations against doping but it does act too, the IWF Executive Board approved further, even more rigorous measures, complementing its Anti-Doping Policy in force since August,2004:• To set up and train its own team of doping control officers with the assistance of WADA;• To sanction the coaches surrounding the athletes failing the dope test, even if the national federation concerned does not name those guilty. In this case the President of the national federation will be declared “persona non grata” in an international context;• To ban hiring coaches in foreign countries who have coached several athletes testing positive;• To publish the list of national federations and athletes on the IWF’s internet homepage who fail to comply with the obligation to submit whereabouts information for the out-of-competition controls, and of course these are not allowed to compete;• To increase the percentage of out-of-competition testing as opposed to in-competition testing;• To publish on the website a separate list of positive competitors back to 2001, and, in the future to publish the positive test results immediately after the result of the A sample; The Executive Board then decided to enforce 1-year suspension against national federations that produced three or more positive test results last year. These are: India, Iran and Hungary. In the latter’s case a temporary suspension applies, depending on the decision of CAS concerning two pending appeals. In its meeting, the Board dealt with the IWF Centenary and Electoral Congress to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, in a month’s time. Each Member made a statement in support of the nomination of Dr. Tamás Aján for the next term to President of the Federation. They were dismayed to note the decision of the Executive Board of the Hungarian Weightlifting Federation last November, not supporting Dr. Aján’s candidature to IWF President. The IWF Board was unanimous in finding that statement unacceptable, and believed that it did not serve the interests of Hungarian weightlifting, Hungarian sports diplomacy or international sports. They were also unanimous in deciding: the IWF Executive Board will put forward Dr. Tamás Aján as candidate to the President’s position at the Congress. (By the way, Dr. Aján is unopposed). The Executive Board decided that soon after the Congress on 4th March approves the new rule called the “1 kilo rule” (a revolutionary move to replace the current 2.5kg progression between attempts and world records in 0.5kg increments), the Junior World Championships in Busan, Korea in May 2005 will be carried out in this new system. The Executive Board accepted the affiliation of a new member: Scotland. That is the 172nd affiliated member of the IWF. On Wednesday, 2 February, the leadership of this 100-year old International Federation was received at the Hungarian Parliament by Péter Kiss, Minister of the Chancellery, who confirmed the Hungarian Government’s continued support to both Dr. Tamás Aján as President of the IWF and the Federation’s Secretariat headquartered in Budapest for 29 years. Yannis Sgouros (GRE) General Secretary IWF Sam Coffa (AUS)1st Vice President

Statement about the failure in the IWF Internet system

Visitors of our website must have noticed an approximately week-long interruption in the operation of www.iwf.net around the turn of 2004 and 2005. We feel we owe you an explanation for this failure which obviously caused some annoyment for those interested in weightlifting and in the IWF and wishing to visit our homepage. Our traditional "Lifter of the Year 2004" voting - published also on the IWF website - seems to have induced Iranian fans of Hossein Reza Zadeh to submit their votes by the hundred, or even by the thousand. At the beginning, it was pleasing news. We were happy to note such a great interest in our Vote. However, ballots – 99 per cent of which turned out to be invalid – started to invade the IWF by fax and e-mail sent at the given mailbox address. To make things worse, unfortunately some hackers or crackers, ill-willing individuals, joined this "game", virtually blocked the website, and kept sending robot-generated, false voting e-mails by the tens of thousands daily (!), including a number of viruses as well. Attacked in such a cruel and nasty manner, the IWF website had to be closed down temporarily. Additionally, the IWF Secretariat’s server and mailbox system had to be totally cleaned and reconstructed. This cost us lots of money and effort – and naturally some time, as well. As you can see: the website is again in full operation. We wish to apologize for any inconvenience caused to our visitors – this was truly against our wish and beyond our control. IWF