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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleddau View Post
    Similarly the recent doping appeals which are not yet resolved (Romania, Colombia etc) might be finalised before 2021 and knock those countries out.
    The Romanian cases are from 2012 though, they won't count (in my opinion).

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    IWF reports that the sample of Ms. Eleni Konstantinidi (GRE) has returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for Betamethasone (S.9 – Glucocorticoids).
    https://www.iwf.net/2020/03/30/public-disclosure-165/

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    Independent Member Federation Sanctions Panel (IMFSP) issues decisions on Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association and Malaysian Weightlifting Federation

    Following hearings and the careful consideration of relevant evidence, the Independent Member Federation Sanctions Panel (IMFSP) has imposed disciplinary sanctions on the Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association and Malaysian Weightlifting Federation.

    The IMFSP, which was approved by the IWF Executive Board in November 2018, has the sole authority to impose sanctions on Member Federations, in line with Article 12 of the IWF Anti-Doping Policy. That Policy was approved by the IWF Executive Board in November 2017, in order to ensure greater independence and transparency.

    Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association (TAWA)

    The IMFSP has imposed the following sanctions on the Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association (TAWA):

    * TAWA minor athletes (under the age of 18) and their ASP are prohibited from participating in international competitions for an additional five months following the next IWF event which takes place. All other TAWA athletes and ASP are prohibited from participating in international competitions for an additional 11 months following the next IWF event which takes place. (Based on TAWA’s voluntary undertaking, TAWA athletes and their ASP have already been suspended since 7 March 2019. The additional sanction periods imposed by the IMFSP will not start to run during the period when all IWF events are cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic).

    * TAWA athletes shall not compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (regardless of the change of date).
    The Membership status of TAWA is suspended for a period of three years through to 1 April 2023 (TAWA officials are suspended for two years and are not eligible to be appointed to any IWF position so long as TAWA remains suspended.) The three-year suspension of TAWA will be reviewed and may be lifted on or after 7 March 2022 if TAWA can demonstrate it has met pre-defined criteria.

    * The fine imposed on TAWA is USD 200,000.00. Half of it is imposed as a penalty, the remainder shall be used by IWF to offset IWF costs already incurred in connection with the TAWA matter and for additional IWF testing of TAWA athletes.

    * TAWA was officially informed of the decision by the IMFSP on 1 April 2020 and has 21 days from this date to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

    Malaysian Weightlifting Federation (MWF)

    The IMFSP has imposed the following sanctions on the Malaysian Weightlifting Federation (MWF):

    * MWF athletes shall not participate in IWF events for an additional five months following the next IWF event which takes place. (MWF athletes and their ASP were already suspended from IWF events for a period of 11-12 months based on a voluntary suspension imposed by MWF on 30 May 2018.)
    MWF athletes shall not compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (regardless of the change of date).

    * MWF is suspended from all IWF activities for a period 12 months through to 1 April 2021. The one-year suspension of MWC will be reviewed and may be lifted as early as 1 October 2020 if MWF can demonstrate it has met pre-defined criteria.

    * The MWF was officially informed of the decision by the IMFSP on 1 April 2020 and has 21 days from this date to appeal to CAS.

    No further comment will be made on these decisions until the period of appeal has concluded.

    The IWF has a zero-tolerance policy on doping and fully supports disciplinary action being taken to ensure a level playing field for all athletes. However, the IWF remains committed to working with all Member Federations to provide comprehensive anti-doping education which promotes attitudinal and cultural change.
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    I did not know previously that all Malay lifters were voluntarily absent from May 2018 to May 2019.

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    Thailand Appealing "Unfair" Olympic Weightlifting Ban


    Thailand is appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after being banned from weightlifting at Tokyo 2020 and suspended from the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) for multiple doping violations.

    Malaysia, which is banned from next summer's Olympics for the same reason, is also considering an appeal.

    The punishments were imposed by the sport’s Independent Member Federations Sanctions Panel, and announced by the IWF on Saturday (April 4).

    Intarat Yodbangtoey, the Thai who was elected first vice-president of the IWF in 2017, said the punishments were "too harsh and unfair" and claimed that China and Russia had been treated more leniently for doping offences.

    "TAWA (Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association) will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to seek fairness," Yodbangtoey said.

    TAWA’s suspension from the IWF until 2022 at the earliest puts in doubt Yodbangtoey’s status at the sport’s global governing body.

    After Yodbangtoey’s wife, Boossaba, resigned as TAWA President along with her entire Executive Board because of doping allegations, he put himself forward as a Presidential candidate last month.

    But Yodbangtoey withdrew from the election just before it was held, leaving Prachaya Keeratinant to become TAWA president.

    Yodbangtoey remains an influential honorary President of TAWA.

    His complaint that China and Russia had been treated more leniently is difficult to follow, given that those two were suspended for a year in 2017 under the IWF’s "Tbilisi decision" concerning doping violations at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games.

    Those offences became evident after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) re-tested stored samples.

    China had three positives and Russia, which was also banned outright from Rio 2016, had 10.

    Those two nations, and seven others with three or more retest positives, were suspended for a year - a fate which may also befall Romania, whose four retest positives came to light more recently.
    Thailand’s offences were not from the Olympic Games, though two Olympic champions from Rio 2016 - Sopita Tanasan and Srisurat Sukanya - were involved.

    Nine members of Thailand’s team at the 2018 IWF World Championships tested positive, all of whom have since been disqualified.

    All nine were suspended from two to four years, depending whether it was a first or second offence.

    Thailand was also involved in a doping scandal in 2011, when seven teenagers tested positive, one of whom was Srisurat.

    In a German television documentary broadcast in January, undercover reporters secretly filmed an interview with the Olympic medallist Siripuch Gulnoi, who said girls as young as 13 were doping in Thailand.

    The IOC said the allegations were "very serious and worrying", while TAWA denied the claims and Yodbangtoey said an independent investigation had not proved any wrongdoing.

    Thailand has won more medals in weightlifting than in any other sport at the Olympic Games this century and held high hopes of more at Tokyo 2020 until being derailed by doping.

    Malaysia - which had four doping suspensions announced between October 2017 and May 2018 - had only one contender to qualify for the postponed Games, the men’s 61-kilogram lifter Aznil Bidin.

    "We will study whether we need to appeal or not, based on time and our financial constraints," said the Malaysian Weightlifting Federation (MWF) president Datuk Ayub Rahmat.

    "Programmes to raise awareness and avoid doping among the lifters will continue."

    There was good news for the MWF when the National Sports Council announced that it would continue to fund the sport provided athletes and coaches "strictly adhere to anti-doping rules".

    The full sanctions imposed against Thailand and Malaysia are listed by the IWF here.

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    Even if Thai lifters could compete again without restrictions, they don't have points from the second period. They wouldn't qualify anyhow.

    No, this complaint is about something else. He's missing out on the free Tokyo vacation as an official.

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    IWF reports that the sample of Mr. Lukasz Grela (POL) has returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for Drostanolone metabolite 2α-methyl-5α-androstan3α-ol-17-one (S1.1 Anabolic Androgenic Steroids).
    IWF reports that the sample of Mr. Al Ajmi Murshid Mohamed Murshid (OMA) has returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for Oxandrolone metabolite 18-noroxandrolone (S1.1 Anabolic Androgenic Steroids).
    https://www.iwf.net/2020/04/09/public-disclosure-166/
    https://www.iwf.net/2020/04/09/public-disclosure-167/

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    https://www.sportschau.de/hintergrun...0~_page-2.html

    In 2012 Turkey had 22 positive tests which were "handled internally". WADA now says these should've been seen as IWF sanctions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erpel View Post
    https://www.sportschau.de/hintergrun...0~_page-2.html

    In 2012 Turkey had 22 positive tests which were "handled internally". WADA now says these should've been seen as IWF sanctions.
    Thanks for posting this. Is is fascinating. For the benefit of English speakers, here is the Google Translate version:

    Interim President requests Aján to be excluded

    By Nick Butler, Grit Hartmann, Hajo Seppelt and Jörg Mebus


    Since the end of January, Tamás Aján has not been allowed to run the official business alone as President of the World Weightlifting Association. He apparently did it anyway - in a rude way. Interim President Ursula Papandrea is therefore now facing the ultimate power struggle.

    The power struggle in the World Weightlifting Association IMF is coming to a head. On Friday evening (April 10, 2020), interim president Ursula Papandrea made an application within the IMF executive to completely expel the incumbent Tamás Aján. In an email to Aján and her fellow board members, the US official raised serious allegations against the 81-year-old Hungary: In the past few weeks, i.e. during the period of his suspension, he is said to have, among other things, conducted unauthorized official business and massively threatened Papandrea.

    "I believe that you are no longer fit to represent or run the organization," Papandrea wrote to Ajàn. She closed her mail, which is available to the ARD doping office, with the invitation to vote: "The members of the Executive Committee are asked to vote by replying to this e-mail: A. Yes, to remove President Tamas Aján as officer of the executive. B. No. Not to remove President Aján as an executive officer. "

    The mail from Ursula Papandrea (English) [PDF, 1.3 MB] | download

    If a majority of the IMF governing body, including Aján's 21 members, advocates the exclusion of the longtime ruler from the executive for many years, this decision would initially be valid until the next IMF Congress, which has not yet been scheduled. The General Assembly would then have to make a final decision.

    Papandrea relies on paragraph 8.4.3 of the IMF Statutes, according to which Congress can decide to expel an official who has "neglected or endangered the interests of the IMF or acted in a manner that Congress considers unworthy of the IMF" . In your opinion, the prerequisites for this step are more than fulfilled. Papandrea's allegations describe processes that are likely to be rare even in the scandal-tested family of Olympic associations.

    " ... threatened with violent arrest"

    According to Papandrea, among other things, according to Papandrea, the Hungarian has been disempowered since the end of January due to the executive's suspicions against Ajan and the IMF (including infidelity, cover-up of doping cases, nepotism), which were traced in the ARD documentary "Secret Doping - The Lord of the Lifters" have made the following missteps:

    * Ajan had instructed the IMF general secretary " to transfer money from my Swiss account to Budapest without my knowledge" .
    * "They removed me from the IMF Secretariat office on March 3, 2020, under the threat of violent police arrest, during my visit there."
    * "You interfered in my sole decision to hold board meetings in Bucharest."
    * "They started a meeting with the auditors without my consent and started the meeting one hour before the time I was given."

    But it was probably Aján's threats that overflowed the barrel. The text messages from the fearful Papandrea, which she sent to the WhatsApp group of executive members during her visit to the IMF headquarters, speak volumes. "Dr. Aján called and threatened to arrest me," Papandrea wrote, "I was told I was nobody and he was the president." She would ask the US embassy for protection: "I don't know where to go. I'm afraid he'll send someone to my hotel."

    The ARD doping editorial team, who has the chat history, also learned that Aján had limited access to computers in the Budapest office for investigators of the IMF Investigation Commission headed by Richard McLaren that accompanied Papandrea that day.

    "He is still in the office"

    Papandrea had already told ARD before she wrote her email that she wanted to "get to the bottom of the truth". She relies on McLaren. The investigation period of the renowned Canadian investigator was extended by several weeks until June due to the corona crisis. Another board member of the world association, the Russian Maxim Agapitow, told the ARD: "The executive had jointly decided that he (Aján, ed.) Should step aside during the investigation, but he doesn't stick to it. He is still in the office, signing documents. It's not a good thing. "

    Already at the end of January in the first crisis meeting of the IMF board in Qatar after the broadcast, Aján had made it clear that he would not leave the field without a fight. Here, too, he acts with threats. Aján stressed, according to the minutes of the meeting, that the ARD doping office had it, that if he was "humiliated", he would "seriously think" about leaving the association - together with the entire administrative apparatus. His departure, Aján claimed, could lead to the International Olympic Committee "neglecting" weightlifting.

    Part 2/2 - Supposedly two receipts over $ 200,000

    At the IMF executive meeting in Doha, a new serious charge was made against Aján, according to ARD information. When he left the conference room because of the ongoing discussions about measures against himself, according to the minutes, an unnamed chairman said: "We cover him, okay, we protect him, okay. But we know him: I have two receipts for $ 200,000 that he received from someone. " Questions from the ARD doping editorial team regarding this matter, which should also be of interest to the McLaren commission, remained unanswered.

    In addition, Aján has probably downplayed the extent of doping in his sport more often than previously known, as evidenced by a process from 2012. At that time, the IMF published only two doping violations by weightlifters from Turkey in its official sanctions list, which lists all international doping cases. Media, on the other hand, had reported a veritable doping scandal at the U23 European Championships in Israel, where five Turks had tested positive after the development of a new steroid detection method.

    ARD research has now revealed that in 2012 tests that had been commissioned by the IMF showed 22 samples from Turkish athletes to be positive - a lonely record in the lifter cosmos, which is not poor in doping offenses. However, the due suspension of the Turkish association or the fine of $ 500,000 stipulated in the IMF statutes failed to materialize.

    " Nothing swept under the table"

    Hasan Accu, then the Turkish association president and still an Aján ally, told ARD that the cases in question were “very special.” He claimed that due to the lack of national testing facilities, his association had asked the IMF for support to organize controls But the IMF had been invited to the country, "the positive cases belong to the Turkish association" , the normal penalty catalog is not valid, and accumulators insisted that "nothing was swept under the table" .

    The World Anti-Doping Agency disagrees. When asked by ARD, WADA announced that all 22 Turkish doping cases in 2012 were IMF cases and should have been published. The IMF and Aján did not comment on ARD's request. Aján also did not respond to inquiries about the allegations of Papandreas and the unnamed board member.

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    Well its done. Ajan has resigned.

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