Chinese athletes made some of the most impressive lifts of the year in the National Games of China in Tianjin; India dominated the Commonwealth Championships in the Gold Coast; and nearly 700 lifters competed in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the third part of the American Open Series - taking the total number of competitors in that event to more than 2,000. While all of this is good news, none of it would matter much if weightlifting were to lose its place on the Olympic Games programme.
China has finished top of the medals table at every Olympic Games and World Championships in the past 20 years apart from once, at Antalya in 2001, when Russia beat them into second place. A three-man Commission set up to make a proposal to the IWF Executive Board on how to deal with the nine - all of whom had between three and 10 positives in the retesting of samples from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 - are due to meet in Budapest this weekend to finalise their findings.
The five Clean Sport Commission members – plus two men from within the sport who have been outspoken against doping – will advise the IWF over the next three months before it submits its crucial report on future plans to combat doping. Three members of the new Commission are German, including Christian Baumgartner, President of the German Weightlifting Federation.
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