IWF president Tamás Aján resigns IOC honorary membership

International Weightlifting Federation president Tamas Ajan.

International Weightlifting Federation president Tamás Aján has resigned as an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee’s executive board.

The resignation comes amid ongoing investigations of allegations of corruption and cover-ups of doping cases at the IWF made in a documentary by German public-service broadcaster ARD.

The documentary claimed a “culture of corruption” had been permitted under the leadership of Aján, who has been president of the federation since 2000. Aján and the IWF have rejected all allegations.

In January, Aján stepped aside as president of the IWF for 90 days, leaving Ursula Papandrea, who chairs the IWF Women’s Commission and is President of USA Weightlifting, in charge till April.

The IOC released a statement on Aján’s resignation on Monday, saying: “Mr Aján has offered his resignation whilst rejecting in the strongest possible terms allegations recently made against him in a TV programme. He continues to insist on his complete innocence.

“At the same time, Mr Aján explained that he had realised that these allegations are overshadowing Olympic preparations and Olympic competitions in his beloved sport of weightlifting. For this reason, with his resignation he wanted to protect the reputation of his sport and that of the Olympic Movement.

“The IOC Executive Board expresses its thanks and great respect for this personal gesture by Mr Aján.

“The IOC would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Aján for all the many services he has rendered to his Olympic sport and the Olympic Movement for so many years, and wishes him all the very best in all his future endeavours.”