GAWSF Partner IWF Sees Another Successful Year in the Fight Against Doping

GAWSF is pleased to report that its partner, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), had another productive year in 2023 in its ongoing efforts to combat doping in the sport.

According to the 2023 report from the IWF and the International Testing Agency (ITA), a total of 3,192 samples were collected globally last year, including 1,766 in-competition and 1,426 out-of-competition. Of these, 2,522 completed tests were performed on 1,039 athletes (52% men, 48% women) from 109 countries.

The comprehensive testing program resulted in 18 Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs), a testament to the IWF and ITA's diligence and commitment to maintaining the integrity of the sport. Additionally, the IWF received 25 Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) application requests in 2023.

In the realm of anti-doping education, the IWF and ITA held webinars and seminars that were attended by a total of 1,211 participants from 64 different nationalities. These educational initiatives are a crucial part of the IWF's four-year strategy to promote clean sport and foster a culture of integrity among athletes and support personnel.

"We are extremely proud of the IWF's continued success in the fight against doping," said GAWSF EC Chairman Dr Che Kuong Hon. "As a GAWSF partner, the IWF's unwavering dedication to protecting the health and rights of athletes, as well as the fairness of competition, is a shining example for all of our member federations."

The GAWSF commends the IWF and the ITA for their tireless efforts in 2023 and looks forward to their continued collaboration in the years to come.