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Boardroom Putsch Threatens Weightlifting’s Olympic Status

The place of weightlifting on the 2024 Paris Olympics is below risk after the International Olympic Committee stated on Wednesday it was “very worried” concerning the boardroom putsch that ousted the interim president of the game’s governing physique. Ursula Papandrea of the United States, who grew to become the primary girl to move the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) when she took over in January, was eliminated after an government board vote at an emergency assembly on Tuesday. “The IOC is very worried to learn about the reported decision made by the Board of the International Weightlifting Federation to replace the Acting President, Ms Ursula Garza Papandrea, the way the decision was taken and the chosen replacement,” the IOC stated in a press release.

“The IOC enjoyed excellent cooperation with her during her time in office, and is fully supportive of the reforms she has initiated in the IWF.”

The IOC didn’t title her alternative however the CEO of USA Weightlifting Phil Andrews introduced in a press release launched in his personal title that Papandrea had been changed by Intarat Yodbangtoey from Thailand.

The appointment of Yodbangtoey comes although Thai weightlifters might be barred from the Tokyo Olympics due to too many doping instances. 

Andrews stated he was resigning as Interim Deputy Director General of the IWF, saying: “It has became clear over recent months that not everyone has the best interests of the sport in mind and our attempts to reform the sport have been met with incredible resistance.”

The IOC stated the ability seize “and its consequences will, of course, be taken into consideration by the IOC executive board”.

The Olympic physique had already threatened final week to “reconsider the place of weightlifting on the programme of the Olympic Games in Paris 2024”.

In December it should make a remaining determination on the occasions and quotas of athletes for the Paris Olympics.

Weightlifting has been in turmoil since January when German TV channel ARD broadcast a documentary which revealed what it described as a “culture of corruption” within the sport supposed to masks the usage of doping. 

The Hungarian Tamas Ajan, 81, chairman of the IWF for 20 years after serving as its secretary common, rejected the accusations as “lies” earlier than being pressured into resigning in April. 

He had initially stepped apart for 90 days whereas an unbiased investigation set about inspecting the ARD claims which largely centered on him.


According to the documentary, till 2017 high-level weightlifters had been being exempted from many doping controls, and check outcomes had been being altered in alternate for bribes. 

ARD additionally referred to paperwork displaying that just about 4.5 million euros ($4.9 million) paid to the IWF by the IOC had been transferred to accounts in Switzerland over which Ajan alone workouts management.

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