— Published 25 February 2021

The threat becomes clearer

The Olympic future of weightlifting seems to be hanging by a thread. Meeting on Wednesday February 24th by videoconference, the IOC Executive Board once again considered the thick dossier of the international disciplinary body, the IWF. Without the slightest surprise, they did not discover anything that would lift their threats of a suspension from the Paris 2024 Games. The usual issues of doping and governance are at issue. The situation at the IWF “is getting more and more serious” Bach said after the meeting. “The Executive Board has expressed its extreme concern, especially regarding the lack of significant changes in the management and culture of the IWF“, Bach insisted, reiterating that IWF leaders continued to ignore the requests from the IOC, ITA and international experts. As a reminder, more than 50 weightlifters were suspended a posteriori, including a large number of medalists, after the re-analysis of samples from the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games. At the Tokyo Games, the discipline lost one weight category and 64 quotas. The IOC Executive Board has hinted that weightlifting could face the same fate in Paris 2024 as boxing at the Tokyo Games – an exclusion from its international body – and warned that the quota of IWF officials could be reduced from next summer at the Tokyo Games. Elections for the presidency of the IWF are due next month, during the body’s general assembly (March 26-27).