Even before the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games, the General Assembly of the International Olympic Committee decided to amend the statutes, paving the way for the expulsion of the sport “weightlifting” from the Olympic program.
The optimist could classify it as the last and probably all-decisive warning signal, but it could also be the initiating end of “Olympic weightlifting”. At an IOC General Assembly, delegates unanimously adopted a motion to amend the statutes to allow the removal of a sport from the Olympic program even without the approval of the Assembly.
In concrete terms, this means the following: If an international sports federation repeatedly fails to follow instructions and advice from the IOC Executive Board and repeatedly damages the Olympic reputation, it is possible that the Executive Board will expel it.
IOC Vice President John Coates formulated this decision even more clearly in the direction of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF). He explained that on several occasions, the IWF overrode and ignored IOC proposals, damaging the reputation of the Olympic Movement.
Weightlifting is thus threatened with the final end after the cancellation of many Olympic spots in Tokyo, but also for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. The IWF Constitutional Congress at the end of August will probably be the last chance for the sport to continue. This would require drastic changes within the top management of the world federation.
We already reported in detail what happened within the IWF. Everything can be read HERE.
A loss of Olympic status would have far-reaching consequences for the promotion of weightlifting and would also lead to a radical change in Germany.