Anti-doping rules will reward clean countries as part of innovative and creative implementations put in by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWL)


The IWF (International Weightlifting Federation) is introducing a creative and innovative solution that will permit countries with extensive doping issues to be allowed to participate in competitions on an international level.

These new rules will allow every country to represent themselves at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, along with participating in all other International competitions surrounding the sport. The solution that they propose to put into effect is ingenious and will encourage countries to go clean in exchange for impressive rewards.

They released the statement which made it clear about the new approach that they intend on implementing. It will ultimately make it possible for every National Olympic Committee to be able to compete in the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020, while offering incentives and Rewards to the clean National Olympic Committee with more quotas and possibilities. There are no intentions to put sanctions on anyone and additional benefits and quota slots will be afforded to those participating countries that remain clean.

The world of weightlifting often sees steroid abuse and currently 9 countries are under year-long suspensions due to an excessive amount of ADRVs (anti-doping rules violations). The international weightlifting Federation suspended Armenia, Azerbaijan, China, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Moldova, the Ukraine and turkey in September 2017 at a meeting in Hungary. The new rules implemented by the International Weightlifting Federation will allow these nine countries to participate in future international events and at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. However, their violations and excessive use of prohibited substances nay their quotas drastically limited.

Each and every one of the nine countries had received 3 or more anti-doping rule violations, which were discovered after stored urine samples were retested from the Beijing 2008 Olympics and the London 2012 Olympics. Of all the samples that were rechecked, 50 came back with a positive result for anabolic steroids throughout those who compete in the world of weightlifting. The majority of the positive results show the most common steroids used to be Oral Turinabol and Winstrol. In the past, both of these steroids were undetectable when used at certain doses. However, we have the recent advances in technology, they have now both become easily detectable and are no longer seen as a safe bet.

The new policy is being introduced by the international weightlifting Federation came around after the extensive amount of countries prohibited from participating in the world weightlifting championships of 2017 in California made it almost impossible to classify the event as an international competition. This made it clear that something needed to be done to enable all countries to continue participating in future sporting competitions, and the IWF came up with the plan for allowing country is to continue competing regardless of whether they have any anti-doping rules violations in place or not.

The new policies introduced three separate categories penalty for anti-doping rules violation countries, which include the following:

Any country that has fewer than 10 anti-doping rules violations between 2008 and 2020 will be permitted to send 8 athletes to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Any country that has between 10 to 20 anti-doping rules violations between 2008 and 2020 will be permitted to send 4 athletes to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Any country that has between twenty or more anti-doping rules violations between 2008 and 2020 will be permitted to send 2 athletes to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The athletes that are sent must be represented equally between the sexes and the IWF believes that eliminating punishment for violations and rewarding cleaner countries will result in fewer doping offenses throughout the sport.