On the 13th, Ursula Papandria was voted to remove the post of transition chairman by the IWF Executive Committee.
@人民日报体育 News on October 18th, three chairpersons were changed in three days. Such a magical thing is now happening in the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), one of the international sports organizations with 192 countries (regions) members. in.
On October 13th, Papandria, the transitional chairman from the United States, was voted to remove by the IWF Executive Committee, and Talat, a Thai, took over the transitional chairmanship as the first vice chairman. However, Intalat’s appointment met with strong opposition from the United States and the United Kingdom. In just less than two days, Intalat was forced to resign as interim chairman. Rani replaced him. At this point, this "internal fighting" storm has temporarily come to an end.
But during this period,
In December of this year, the project setup and quota allocation plan for the Paris Olympic Games will be determined. If the International Weightlifting Federation fails to hand in a feasible rectification answer sheet before then, the status of the weightlifting event in the Olympic Games will inevitably be affected.
In April of this year, after Agen, the former president of the International Federation of Sports from Hungary, resigned from his post on suspicion of corruption, Papandria officially became the head of this international sports organization and began to reform the International Federation of Sports. And reconstruction, however, her attempts have never received enough support.
After being dismissed on the 13th, Papandria was bitter in an interview, saying that it was the IWF Executive Committee that brought the reform to a standstill, blocked the appointment of independent experts, and used lies to cover up his true intentions.
"I heard someone in the executive committee say,'We just have to say that we want to reform, but we don't really need to reform'," Papandria said. Many people in the executive committee have reformed her. "I want to establish an independent integrity committee. This is something that opponents cannot tolerate."
The "opposers" that Papandria called were several members of the executive committee. According to reports, after Agen withdrew from the historical stage of world weightlifting, the IWF was divided into two opposing camps. One is represented by the "reformist" Papandria, who is supported by the Athletes’ Committee and the International Olympic Committee, and the other is several members of the Executive Committee. The countries (regions) they represent have terrible excitement. He was banned from participating in weightlifting competitions at the Tokyo Olympics or was significantly reduced. The two sides have serious differences in internal governance and Olympic qualifications, and it is not surprising that reform has stopped.
After being dismissed, Papandria was still elected as one of the vice presidents of the International Federation, but she was disheartened at this time. However, the chaos of the IWF did not end with her stepping down. Due to its poor doping record, Thailand is one of the countries banned from participating in weightlifting competitions at the Tokyo Olympics. Intalat, from Thailand, met strong opposition from many parties after taking over. The International Olympic Committee also expressed its views on the process of the new chairman. "Very worried." Under heavy pressure, Talat took the initiative to resign less than two days later. His successor, Irani, the British, said that he would not participate in the future election of the chairman of the IWF, and would focus all his energy on the governance and reform of the IWF. in.
The number of weightlifting events in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games may be reduced, and may even be expelled from the Olympic Games.
On October 15, the IWF Executive Committee announced that the IWF Reform and Election Conference will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland or Istanbul, Turkey from March 24 to 27 next year. I hope that it will be back on track at that time.
A person's shadow has been cast on an item for nearly half a century, so magical things happen in the world of weightlifting.
Before his official resignation in April this year, Tamas Agen served as the Secretary-General and Chairman of the IWF for 24 and 20 years. For 44 years, the 81-year-old Hungarian was in the weightlifting world. The peak of power until the documentary was released.
In January of this year, the German ARD TV station broadcasted a documentary titled "Secret Medication-The King of Weightlifting", which involved the IWF covering up athletes taking banned drugs and their own corruption. The spearhead was directed at Agen. The secret record was In a conversation with an Olympic medalist, the latter stated that in Thailand, a 13-year-old female weightlifter would take doping.
Agen's influence is a cloud that has been lingering in the weightlifting world for many years.
After the show was broadcast, it caused an uproar. Although Agen denied all allegations, he still had to formally resign in April. In June, an independent investigative team led by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren released an investigation report on the IWF. The report stated that the IWF had more than 10 million US dollars in assets that were unclear and covered more than 40 cases. Positive cases of doping and election bribery have been rampant in the last two presidential elections.
节目播出后，引起了轩然大波。尽管阿让否认了所有指控，但他仍然不得不在4月正式辞职。 6月，由加拿大律师理查德·麦克拉伦（Richard McLaren）领导的独立调查小组发布了有关IWF的调查报告。报告指出，国际货币基金组织的资产总额超过1000万美元，目前尚不清楚，涉及40多个案例。在过去的两次总统选举中，兴奋剂和贿赂贿赂的积极案例泛滥成灾。
The wording of the report is shocking. "Through investigation, I saw an organization whose everything was controlled by a dictator using various control mechanisms for half a century. This excessive control gave birth to a culture of terror and hindered The vitality and vitality that a sports organization should have,” the report said, “we have discovered systematic governance failures and corruption at the highest level of the IWF. In fact, this culture of fear remains haunted even after Agen’s resignation. Don't leave."
This statement is not too exaggerated. After Papandria was dismissed, he revealed that the reason why he was appointed as the transitional chairman after Agen resigned was that the members of the executive committee, including several vice-chairmen, did not dare to touch Agen’s interests, and let themselves take care of this. Mess. In today's executive committee, many people, including Intalat, were previously Agen's staunch allies. In a sense, the "infighting" that is now happening within the IWF is also a "sequelae" left by Agen's long-term rule.
On the 15th, Illani, the chairman of the IWF Medical Committee from the United Kingdom, was appointed as the transitional chairman.
After Irani was elected as the new chairman, relevant persons of the British Weightlifting Association said that even so, they hope to re-elect all members of the executive committee in the next election. Only by completing a radical transformation, the IWF is expected to be "new life."
According to relevant sources of the Chinese weightlifting team, China's weightlifting is not involved in the "internal fighting" of the IWF, and will maintain a neutral attitude and pay attention to the progress of the situation.
Weightlifting is China's traditional advantage. The Chinese weightlifting team is the gold medalist in the Olympic Games and other world competitions. Therefore, weightlifting in China also needs a fair and just competition environment and a healthy and good project development trend.
The National Women's Weightlifting Championship was held in Shaoyang, Hunan from October 16th to 19th.
Weightlifting is also a project that requires its own "practice of internal strength". Starting from the current internal governance of the IWF, China's weightlifting should be more integrated into the project's worldwide governance system, and strive to ensure its healthy and healthy development. From another perspective, increasing one's own voice in international individual sports organizations can help oneself keep up with the international trend and prepare early when the project undergoes drastic changes.
At present, except for the chairman of the British Ilani, the Secretary-General and the 6 Vice-Chairmen of the IWF are not from China, and there are no Chinese among the 8 Executive Committee members and 5 representatives from various continent associations. Figure, this does not match the strength and status of China's weightlifting on the field. In the course of the reform and development of weightlifting projects to the world, China's weightlifting can consider more responsibilities under the right time and conditions.
(The original title is "The "Innocent Disaster" of the Gold Medal Project")