Weightlifting at the 202 Olympic Paris Olympics is in jeopardy. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Wednesday that the interim president of the sports governing body had been fired because of the boardroom’s plight. Ursula Papandria of the United States, who served as the head of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) after taking office in January, was removed after an executive board vote in an emergency meeting on Tuesday. The IOC has decided to replace the acting president, Ms. Ursula Garza Papandria. Instead of selecting a selection committee, the International Weightlifting Federation is concerned about the circular decision taken by the board, the IOC said in a statement. .
“The IOC has worked closely with her throughout her tenure and fully supports the reforms she has initiated in the IWF.”
The IOC did not name her replacement but USA Weightlifting Phil Andrews said in a statement released by the CEO in his own name that Intrat Yodbangtoye had been replaced by Papandria from Thailand.
Yodbangtoe has been appointed despite the fact that many doping cases will prevent Thai weightlifters from competing in the Tokyo Olympics.
Andrews, who is stepping down as IWF’s interim deputy director general, said: “In recent months, it has become clear that not everyone is interested in the game, and our efforts to improve the game have met with incredible resistance. ”
The IOC has said that the power grab “and its consequences will of course be considered by the IOC executive board”.
The Olympic Association last week threatened to “reconsider the place of weightlifting in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.”
A final decision on the program and quota for competitors at the Paris Olympics will have to be made in December.
The weightlifting scandal has been raging since January when the German TV channel ARD aired a documentary describing the sport as a “culture of corruption” with the aim of masking the use of doping.
Hungarian Tamas Ajan, 81, was president for 20 years after serving as general secretary of the IWF. He denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Russia’s intelligence have been made more than once.
When the independent investigation into ARD’s claims began, it was largely sidelined for 90 days.
According to the documentary, high-level weightlifters were being exempted from many doping controls till 201 and test results were being changed in exchange for bribes.
ARD IOC gave about 4.5 to IWF. Millions of euros (9 .9 million) have been transferred to accounts in Switzerland controlled by Ajan alone.