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Tough Out-Of-Competition Testing For Weightlifters

Stringent new rules on out-of-competition testing are being planned by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) – and those who fail the test will face exclusion from the Olympic Games.

“If we can’t get in to test, you’re out – that’s what is needed,” said Antonio Urso, the newly elected general secretary of the IWF.

“That’s what is fair, what is equal.

“It’s not just North Korea, it’s a lot of countries that do not make it possible for us to do out-of-competition testing.

“We must change the rules, and we must do it by December when we have the first qualifying competition for Paris 2024.

“We need to do more out-of-competition testing and we need more intelligence – and the ability to react to that intelligence in a way that is fair to all.”

There will also be a significant overhaul of the way weightlifting is governed by the same December deadline, and within a year the IWF’s members will be asked to approve yet another new Constitution.

All these changes are the result of a meeting between the IWF’s leadership and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which removed weightlifting from the Los Angeles 2028 Games programme.

“A stronger fight against doping” is the top priority if the IWF is to regain the confidence of the IOC and claim back its place in 2028.

Mohamed Jalood, the IWF’s new President, also said that the necessary changes would be made and that the new IWF Board “cannot be blamed for the past”.

It’s difficult or impossible for independent testers to do their work in a range of nations that have won Olympic medals this century, many of which do not have a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory for sample analysis.

Urso said, “After the World Championships in Colombia we will have the first 15-20 in the rankings for the Paris weight categories.

“We must control the testing of those athletes.”

The IWF will meet WADA and the International Testing Agency (ITA), which carries out all anti-doping procedures for the IWF, to put forward plans for “the possibility of excluding countries that make it impossible for us to carry out out-of-competition testing”.

WADA said the decision would rest with the IWF, and that a similar approach had been taken by World Athletics in new anti-doping.

By discernsportblog

Former sprinter, Taewondo and Badminton Player. Sport Physiotherapist

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