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Sarah Davies resigns from IWF board and Athletes’ Commission comments of a discriminatory nature

Weightlifting Shop athlete Sarah Davies has resigned as chair of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Athletes' Commission and as a board member of the IWF following a disciplinary hearing by the British Weightlifting Federation (BWL).

“For reasons of transparency and integrity, I believe it is right to resign,” Weightlifting Shop athlete Sarah Davies said after a disciplinary hearing held by the British Weightlifting Association (BWL). This had come about because the 29-year-old had made discriminatory comments to another athlete.

A statement from BWL said Davies violated the athlete agreement and BWL’s code of conduct.

“British Weight Lifting (BWL) has implemented a sanction, determined by an independent Arbitrator, against Sarah Davies after she admitted she had made comments of a discriminatory nature against a fellow athlete. The finding was independently adjudicated by an independent arbitrator appointed by Sport Resolutions, who also determined the sanction.”

Statement by Britsih Weightlifting

The resulting consequences for the British weightlifter are serious. BWL imposed a three-month ban on Davies so that she cannot participate in the upcoming European Championships in Tirana, Albania, and also demanded her resignation from the Athletes’ Commission. She complied with this demand and also resigned from the board of the International Weightlifting Federation.

On social media, the 29-year-old commented yesterday, responding to the statement released by BWL.

In an Instagram post, Sarah Davies took a stand on BWL’s statement.

„I am deeply remorseful that this situation has got to this, but I accept what I said was unacceptable and I am sorry to those who it upset and offended. (…) Having worked hard for the last 18months to better the international landscape of our sport it deeply saddens me that I have had to step down from my position on the Athletes Commission..“

Her post goes on to say: „In that time I have stood for what is right for our sport and fought to keep our sport in the Olympic movement, built strong relations with the IOC and made significant change within the organisation, including having the athlete voice recognised.“

For the time being, this deputy vote will now be taken over by Forrester Osei from Ghana until the nine remaining members elect a new deputy chair in due course. It is to be hoped that the latter will continue the reforms Davies has begun.

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