IWF constitues Sport Program Commission

August 10, 2017 10:31 AM

Punjab News Express/Balbir Singh
BUDAPEST : The International Weightlifting Federation today announced the establishment of its Sport Program Commission. 

Based on the IWF Executive Board’s decision on June 14, 2017 in Tokyo (Japan), the composition and the terms of reference have already been confirmed.
The IWF Sport Program Commission will act as an advisory body to the IWF Executive Board on strategic and technical matters related to the sport and, in particular and as a priority, to address the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Weightlifting programme, including the Olympic Qualification System, the competition format, event field size and the men’s bodyweight categories to be contested, according to IWF press release.
Furthermore, the IWF Sport Program Commission will focus on items such as the examination of sport innovation opportunities (e.g. new events, new disciplines, new formats) and areas of social inclusion; e.g. the participation of Refugee and Transgender athletes at IWF events, etc.
The membership of the IWF Sport Program Commission is as follows;
Nicu Vlad, IWF Vice-President and Chairman of the Technical Committee; Attila Ádámfi, IWF Director General
Reiko Chinen, Technical Committee Member and Tokyo 2020 Weightlifting Manager; Matthew Curtain, Director of Sport and IF Relations of the Commonwealth Games Federation and former Weightlifting official (1998-2013);
Tom Goegebuer, Athlete Representative, triple Olympian and Belgian Weightlifting Federation President;
As Advisors, the IWF Sport Program Commission will be complemented by: Andrew Ryan, Executive Director, representing the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) Adam Schneider, Director, representing IWF’s strategic Media partner, Lagardère Sports.
IWF President Dr. Tamás Aján said ‘With a bespoke and diverse combination of proven Games knowledge, event experience, technical expertise, and industry-related credibility, the IWF Executive Board has full confidence in the forward-thinking ambitions of the newly established Sport Program Commission. The body will seek to build upon
many of the successes achieved and accomplished by past IWF Executive Boards, Committees and Commissions. The Sport Commission will however also address many of the challenges the sport is currently facing by exploring new, refreshed and innovative opportunities to consider, embrace and evaluate for adoption.’
The composition of the Sport Commission representing all major stakeholders – athletes, technical experts, Multisport Games organisations, ASOIF and Media and Marketing partner - is a guarantee to involve and consider the viewpoints of all those associated with Weightlifting. The Commission will evaluate the sport’s status and
propose creative solutions to improve the sport’s position in the continuously changing world of international sports, demanding nothing less than the highest level of integrity in the Olympic sport of
The first meeting of the IWF Sport Program Commission will be held on September 4 and 2017 and the Commission will make the first report to the Executive Board at its next meeting in Bucharest, ROU on
September 30 to October 1.

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