Doping-tainted weightlifting must reform or risk 2024

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has made it clear that weightlifting will have to prove it is doping-free or risk losing its spot for the Paris 2024 Games.

In July, the IOC had already told the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) to provide a report by December describing how it plans to tackle the issue of doping in the sport.

Post December, the IOC and the World Anti-Doping Agency will be monitoring to ensure that the changes have been made to their satisfaction.

The IOC President Thomas Bach made it crystal clear at the body’s session meeting in Lima that if the sport is declared non-compliant with the WADA code, then the situation might be different with regards to Paris 2024.

“This is the idea behind this formula concerning weightlifting, that the decision to include them (for Paris) is subject to the compliance with the WADA code.”

Out of the total 106 positive tests emerged from the re-tests conducted by the IOC in the past two years of samples from the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London games, about half of them came from weightlifters.

Along with athletics, the sport represented more than 80 percent of the positive cases from the re-tests, informed IOC member Denis Oswald.

The IWF banned Russia from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro for “bringing weightlifting into disrepute”, now several other countries are facing potential bans after a series of positive tests.

Sources – Reuters, India Today

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Paris 2024, Los Angeles 2028 Summer Olympics Confirmed

In a unique double allocation, Paris was awarded the 2024 Summer Olympic Games and Los Angeles the 2028 Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Paris, having hosted the Games twice before, will stage the Olympics 100 years after its last Games in 1924. Los Angeles, too, will organise its third Summer Olympics after 1932 and 1984. Both cities, after London, will have hosted the multi-sporting extravaganza three times.

The votes were a mere formality since no other cities had bid for the 2024 and the 2028 Games. Votes for the both cities were “unanimous” said IOC President Thomas Bach.

Earlier this year in July, the IOC decided to award both Games at the same time, following the withdrawal of four of the six cities bidding for the 2024 Olympics. The reasons cited were cost, size, and complexity of organising the world’s largest sporting event.

“In the coming seven years we will prepare the Olympic Games with all our energy,”  said French President Emmanuel Macron having personally campaigned for the bid. The French capital celebrated the announcement by unveiling a giant set of interlaced rings, the symbol of the Games, on the Trocadero Sqaure against the backdrop of a glittering Eiffel Tower.

“This is a momentous day for the people of Los Angeles and the United States. For the first time in a generation, we are bringing the Games back to the City of Angels,” said Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles.

Allegations of corruption and embezzlement surrounded the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Tokyo, the 2020 host of the Summer Olympics, has also had to fend off such allegations.

Sources: Reuters, HT