Concerning the more recent news of the suspension of multiple Thai weightlifters, the IOC acknowledged the Thai Weightlifting Federation’s decision to voluntarily withdraw from participation and not allow any Thai athletes to compete in the IWF World Championships 2019, nor to take any further part in the Tokyo 2020 qualification process. Whilst this discovery could negatively impact the perception that weightlifting has become cleaner, the IOC positively noted that these Adverse Analytical Findings were detected with the additional analysis specifically requested by the IWF, which ultimately represents further evidence of its determination to fight against doping.
Considering the comprehensive work done by the IWF, the IOC EB decided to lift the status of conditional inclusion of weightlifting on the programme of the Olympic Games Paris 2024, subject to the finalisation of the agreement with the ITA and confirmation of a successful transition of key areas of the IWF’s anti-doping programme to the Agency. Once this is completed, the IOC EB decision will be enforced with immediate effect, failing which the conditional inclusion of weightlifting on the programme of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 will be maintained and reconsidered at the IOC EB meeting in June 2019.
This notwithstanding, the IOC EB reiterated that, in partnership with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the ITA, it will maintain close monitoring of the implementation of all identified actions and programmes by the IWF Executive Board and the weightlifting family to ensure an ongoing commitment to clean sport.
Should any issues be noted in this ongoing implementation, these will be reported to the IOC EB for it to consider any appropriate action, including with regard to further reviewing the place of weightlifting on the Olympic programme.
Olympic Committee of North MacedoniaThe IOC EB noted that the name change of the Former Yugoslav Republic of North Macedonia to the Republic of North Macedonia (short form: North Macedonia) formally took effect at United Nations level as of 14 February 2019.
As a result, the National Olympic Committee (NOC)’s name will be updated accordingly from Olympic Committee of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to Olympic Committee of North Macedonia.
Changes of nationalityThe EB agreed to the following changes of athletes’ nationality, with the agreement of the relevant NOCs and International Federations.
- Mr Simon MCTAVISH - Canoe - from Australia to Canada
- Ms Jane NICHOLAS - Canoe - from New Zealand to the Cook Islands
- Ms Kuinini MANUMUA - Weightlifting - from the USA to Tonga
- Mr Sio POMELILE - Weightlifting - from New Zealand to Tonga
Finally, the IOC EB recognised the resignation of IOC Member Tsunekazu Takeda. With this recognition, and in accordance with the IOC’s regulations, the cessation of his IOC membership takes effect immediately. The IOC EB expressed its highest respect for his decision and insisted once more on the presumption of innocence.
It was also confirmed that there will be an additional EB meeting on 22 May in Lausanne to prepare the IOC Session scheduled from 24 to 26 June.