News ID: 275532
Published: 1153 GMT October 14, 2020

IWF board ousts interim chief Papandrea

IWF board ousts interim chief Papandrea

Ursula Papandrea's attempt to reform the crisis-torn sport of weightlifting appears to have failed as she has apparently been forced out of the office as interim president by her own executive board.

Only last week, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach spoke of the organization’s concerns over the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) board's slow progress in instituting governance reforms, its reluctance to accept independent advice, and the lack of athletes' representation, reported.

The board has responded by removing Papandrea, the American who was trying to make fundamental changes that were shown to be needed when a corruption scandal emerged in the first half of 2020.

A German television documentary revealed widespread corruption under the long regime of Tamás Aján, who resigned as IWF president in April.

The board's choice to replace interim president Papandrea – at a virtual meeting in which Papandrea took no part – is Intarat Yodbangtoey of Thailand.

Thailand is one of the three nations banned from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games because of its doping record.

Seven of 19 members on the board are from countries that are banned from Tokyo or can send only a reduced number of athletes because of multiple doping violations.




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