— Published 29 November 2021

Elections postponed again


The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) is sinking further into crisis. Threatened by the IOC to disappear from the Olympic programme, without an elected president, the body was supposed to organise a presidential election before the end of the year. It was to be held on 20 and 21 December in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. But it has been postponed. And no new date has been announced. The reason is an obscure legal problem, as the legal rules to be applied during the elections have not yet been approved. According to a statement from the IWF, the legal committee has found that the composition of the independent ethics and discipline committee has not been ratified by the congress. It cannot therefore carry out a detailed examination of the eligibility of candidates for the upcoming elections as planned. In another international federation, such a postponement would not put the future of the discipline at stake. But weightlifting could well be excluded from the Olympic programme, as Thomas Bach has often said. The IOC is eagerly awaiting new governance, a credible reform plan and a trusted interlocutor at the head of the body. But it will still have to wait. As a reminder, the IOC Programme Commission is due to meet this week to work on the final programme for the next Games.