6 January 2020

WADA statement on German documentary concerning the International Weightlifting Federation

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) notes the 5 January documentary by German broadcaster ARD, which makes a number of allegations concerning the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF). WADA can confirm that its independent Intelligence and Investigations (I&I) Department is aware of the allegations and will continue to pursue its enquiries regarding potential breaches of the World Anti-Doping Code. However, as these enquiries are ongoing, WADA has no further comment to make in this regard at this time.

As it relates to the documentary’s specific allegations regarding doping of weightlifters in Thailand, which are new and of great concern to WADA, the Agency will follow up with the IWF, the Doping Control Agency of Thailand and other stakeholders to gain a clearer picture of the situation. WADA will take any action that may be warranted if breaches of the Code by individuals or Anti-Doping Organizations are established.