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01 Nov 2018

Lima finally gets chance to host IWF World Championships

Lima, Peru will stage the Weightlifting World Championships in 2021, three years later than originally planned, the International Weightlifting Federation has announced.

The South American country was selected as the host during the IWF's executive board meeting in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

Lima was due to stage this year's World Championships but handed organising responsibilities over to Ashgabat a year ago.

Tamas Ajan, president of the IWF, said: “The IWF is very privileged to have a host of such high quality for the 2021 World Championships. We look forward to our first competition after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with great confidence for the future of the sport that we love and that we work so hard for.”

Ajan also highlighted the progress the IWF has made in the fight against doping, amid a threat from the International Olympic Committee that continued doping scandals could result in a ban from the Olympics.

Nine countries banned by the IWF for having multiple positives in the re-testing of doping samples from the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games have returned to competition after serving one-year bans.

Ajan said: “For years now, the IWF has clearly demonstrated its commitment to protecting clean weightlifters and to promoting clean weightlifting. It is a commitment we have backed with very significant resources, with innovative programmes, with independent guidance and oversight and the support of expert partners. The cumulative effect of all this hard work has been the transformation of weightlifting and its culture. The IWF Executive Board was pleased to recognise this great progress, which has been noted by independent organisations, while renewing our commitment to ensuring it is a lasting change.”

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