Weightlifting is in Jeopardy at the Olympics The IOC warns the IWF to take action on doping

Any news on doping in Weightlifting is always controversially-entertaining for the world and heavy for the Weightlifting community.

We discuss the current situation with Doping in Weightlifting in our recent podcast. If you want to get the Baghdad Bob reference, you need to listen to this episode!

Let’s start with a quick background on the ongoing situation:

  • We learned from a Whistleblower about the “state sponsored” doping system in Russia.
  • Then came the retroactive testing
  • IWF releases public disclosures
  • Somebody posts it on /r/weightlifting/
  • And then the forest fire of information spreads into gyms where angry coaches and athletes piece together several “If Ilya was clean, I’d be a champion by now” stories (No link for this one, you’re just going to have to trust this hypothetical scenario).

Today, we are in a real debacle, and by we, I mean the entire World of Weightlifting. But first, some strong words from a recent IWF Executive Board member:

This is a disgrace!  The IOC is punishing the clean athletes for the wrong doings of the drug sponsored programs.  If the sport of weightlifting wanted to avoid this situation they should have voted for Antonio Urso for President of the IWF and not Tamas Ajan.  Under Ajan the IWF has seen scandal after scandal when it comes to doping.  Ajan has looked the other way for the right price when countries have been caught cheating.  Urso along with others in the European Federation have long urged to clean up the sport so that a day like this wouldn’t come.  Now programs will have to face stricter guidelines, requirements, and lost funding.  Some say this is for Gender Equality.  That is BS.  We just added a women’s weight class to make it even with the men, now you are going to take one weight class away from each gender we are back at square one.  

On top of that the IOC will reduce our total number of athletes to around 160ish.  Great, why can’t you keep all the weight classes and just reduce the total number per class.  It’s the Olympics there should only be an A Session of Lifters anyway.  Top 12-15 athletes max.  How bout take out the Solidarity Spots to the countries where there athletes are not within the top 20 ranking in the world away.  Here’s another great idea go after the countries that have had multiple positives drug tests and remove the entire country from participating in the Games and World Championships.  

How will the IOC or IWF determine which weight classes will be removed?  If you remove the 69 kilo men’s class many of those lifters will flood the 77 kilo class. Someone is getting cut.  It reminds me of when back in 1997 the NCAA correlated three deaths to College Wrestlers to inappropriate weight cutting so they added 7 lbs to each weight class and removed the 118 lbs weight class.  Now wrestlers had to either move up and compete or quit the sport.  It put many programs in a tough situation.

If you remove the the plus classes in either the men’s or women’s categories it is not likely that a 110-120 kilo female athlete or 130-150 kilo male athlete will cut down to the 90 kilo or 105 class.  Congratulations you potential sent a whole division into retirement.  

I believe the IWF did not fight hard enough to keep the weight classes in this Olympic Program.  Ajan has lost favor with Bach and it is very clear.  If Bach drops weightlifting I worry that there will not be the support to bring it back like there was with Wrestling.  The Executive Board of the IWF should remove Ajan in a gesture of good faith to the IOC and fight to keep all 16 weight classes in the Olympics.  This is my opinion and mine only.

Moira Lassen, the mother of Jeane Lassen (Olympian), is the first woman ever elected to the International Weightlifting Federation Executive Board.

Loss of 25% of slots

  • As of now, the IWF has to cut a weight class from both the men and the women’s competition.
  • One less weight-class means 64 fewer lifters.
  • My guess is that the 48/56 lifters will be cut or we reshuffle the entire deck again.
  • My vote is for a reshuffle, and we go with weight categories that are divisible by 11 (I’m a 77 so it works perfectly! Woohoo! #Hopeful2020

Instead of adding a women’s category we lost a men’s category

  • The world was on fire for gender equality, and then we are going to lose a guys weight-class and everybody’s like “wait…”

The IWF Elections

  • Some people met in private to discuss a sport that we do on public (half-clothed might I say).
  • I’ve been to an IWF meeting. It was two hours of learning how to operate powerpoint, and one hour of kissing The Mob Boss’s ring.
He ran a “ strong and clean campaign to be reelected for his last 4 years term.”, so he deserves our worship.
He ran a “ strong and clean campaign to be reelected for his last 4 years term.”, so he deserves our worship.

IWF Special Congress at Junior Worlds

  • This overshadows the Junior Worlds competition this week in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Don’t forget the strong statement released by the IWF on it’s zero tolerance for dopers
  • How do we handle the IOC demand to prove actions – How do we convince the IOC?
  • What are we going to do with weight classes?
  • Qualifying procedures for Olympics will also have to change

Seriously, if you want Weightlifting to do better at clean sport, we must first do better at HTML

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Part II – Recent Doping Cases

Recently, several US Weightlifting national qualifying athletes were awarded sanctions from the US Anti-Doping Agency.

  1. Kelly Dykes – 12 years suspension and loss of results – Ostarine

    Georgia Southern Female Weightlifter Wins Flanagan Scholarship

  2. Michael Nackoul – 4 Years suspension and loss of results – Non-Analytical, Possession of Prohibited Peptides
  3. Tyler Moore – 4 years suspension and loss of results – Ostarine
  4. Robert “Kyle” Dosterchill – 4 Years suspension and loss of results – 1. Amphetamine, and 2. metabolites of drostanolone, 3. mesterolone, and 4. dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (DHCMT)
    1. Robert “Kyle” Dosterchill
    2. Kyle seems to have picked up on a new career path in hopes to find glory.
    3. The man has a road to the olympics documentary!


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Anton Jefferson
Anton lifts weights, coaches, and publishes OLIFT Magazine.

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