IWF Orders Investigations into Weightlifters’ $5m Bribery Scandal

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has ordered independent investigations into the alleged indulgence in bribery and shelving of prominent weightlifters from undertaking doping tests which were instigated by IWF President, Tamas Ajan.

IWF appoints Professor Richard McLaren to conduct the investigations on the alleged bribery of some officials to manipulate doping test samples supplied by some international weightlifters, judicialsketch.com reports.

IWF on Sunday said the investigations is expected to also unravel the mystery surrounding the allegations that the sum of $5m (€4.5m) received by IWF from the International Olympic Committee was diverted to a private Swiss account.

McLaren’s team of investigators would comprise of Martin Dubbey as chief investigator and Steven Berryman as financial investigator.

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The IWF said the investigators will “look into the claims made” by ARD’s ‘Der Herr de Heber’ documentary, which aired on January 5. A whistleblower line will be set up, with a separate announcement to be made when it is in operation.”

Reacting to his appointment, professor McLaren said: “I wish to thank the IWF for their trust in me and my team. As independent investigators we intend to follow every lead with the ultimate objective of uncovering the truth.”

Aján denied the allegations levied against him. He has been directed to step aside as IWF president for a period of 90 days to allow the assigned investigators carryout their duties without interference.

Abdulgafar Oladimeji: Abdulgafar Olawale Oladimeji is a Nigerian born, London school of journalism trained journalist, who started his career in 1998 as a curb reporter in Kano. His work as a reporter has taken him to various African countries.
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