If you enjoyed watching the high octane sport of weightlifting at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, you will be disappointed to learn that the sport is not currently on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) inclusion list. for the 2020 Olympics.
Scheduled to take place in Los Angeles, California, the XXXIV Olympiad also excluded boxing and modern pentathlon from the IOC’s inclusion list, citing that the three sports do not meet certain criteria, including governance issues, finance and corruption.
There is, however, a chance of reinstatement. The Los Angeles 2028 schedule will be approved by an IOC session in 2023. The IOC has created a “pathway for modern boxing, weightlifting and pentathlon to potentially be included in the initial LA28 athletic schedule,” the statement said.
Weightlifting’s return to “LA28” will depend on the willingness and ability of international federations to address these areas for improvement before 2023. More specifically, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) must work “towards compliance and an effective culture change. In addition, they must successfully combat the historical impact of doping in sport and ensure the integrity, robustness and full independence of its anti-doping program. “
This is not the first blow to the sport of weightlifting. Last December, the IOC announced that the sport had lost 76 places for the Olympic Games Paris 2024, which means that only 120 athletes will compete in five men’s divisions and five women’s divisions. With lingering doping allegations and questions of integrity, this is a critical time for the sport of weightlifting.
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