China News Service, October 23. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on the 22nd released new findings on the investigation of violations of weightlifting doping through its official website-preliminary results showed that 18 weightlifters in 6 countries or regions were suspected of tampering Urine samples, to evade doping testing by using someone else to provide urine samples as a substitute.
According to the World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA’s intelligence and investigation department began investigating the problem of weightlifting doping in August 2017. In this process, they developed the latest technology for identifying substitutions in urine samples. And using this method, it was discovered that 18 athletes from 6 countries or regions were suspected of using other people's urine samples as substitutes to avoid doping testing.
It is reported that WADA has forwarded this latest discovery to the organization responsible for anti-doping affairs of the International Weightlifting Federation.
The IWF has not been calm recently. First, Papandrea’s executive chairman was deprived of his power by the executive committee, then a transitional chairman was appointed twice, and then many officials including the president of the European Union Urso resigned. Investigating the reasons, corruption and stimulants are inevitable. Regarding the continuous turmoil of the IWF, the International Olympic Committee has also issued a severe warning that weightlifting events may be expelled from the Olympic Games.
Just a few days ago, the IWF issued an open letter jointly signed by Transition Chairman Ilani and Secretary-General Zalu through its official website. The letter stated that the IWF will hire experts in law and governance reform to form an independent reform and governance committee, and will hold a special charter reform conference at the end of March next year.
The open letter reads: "In order to update the organizational structure and related rules and regulations, and prepare for next year's Congress, the IWF will hire experts in law and governance reform to form an independent reform and governance committee. This is in response to the International Olympic Games. The Committee’s concern about the IWF’s anti-doping work is critical."
The open letter also revealed that the IWF is planning to hold a constitution reform conference in Lausanne, Switzerland on March 24-25 next year, and an election conference on March 26-27. In addition, the IWF has renewed its contract with the International Inspection Agency (ITA) under the control of the International Olympic Committee until 2024, which is also seen as showing the determination of the IWF to fight doping. (Finish)