The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), hit by a heavy crisis is fighting to keep its place at the 2024 Paris Olympics, named a third president in a week. The IWF said Michael Irani was appointed as the chair of the federation's medical committee and a former chair of its anti-doping commission, as interim president. Irani has accepted the proposal but he said he is not interested in the job on a full-time basis, but committed to forming the reforms over the issue of drug testing that has dumped the sport.
After an emergency meeting, the executive board at the Budapest-based IWF had pulled out its interim president, American Ursula Garza Papandrea on the basis of voting. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Wednesday it was "very worried" about the boardroom violent throw, saying they had "enjoyed excellent cooperation" with Papandrea. Papandrea had been replaced briefly by Thailand's Intarat Yodbangtoey is known from CEO of USA Weightlifting Phil Andrews statement released under his name. The Olympic body threatened of considering Weightlifting in Olympics2024 whereas Tokyo organizers will release the result in December.
Weight lifting is in danger since the release of documentary by a German TV channel explaining corruption culture to mask the doping use. In April 2020, the board pressurized Hungarian Tamas Ajan, 81, chairman of the IWF for 20 years to resign. He said the accusations are complete lies. The documentary accused high-level weightlifters were being exempted from many doping controls, and test results were being altered in exchange for bribes till 2017. The documentary has shown few documents detailing nearly 4.5 million euros ($4.9 million) were paid to the IWF by the IOC were transferred to accounts in Switzerland over which Ajan alone exercises control.