The International Federation of Weightlifting (IWF) was during the mandate of the Hungarian Tamás Aján which ended earlier this year, a nest of " corruption at the highest level, "according to the report presented by Canadian professor Richard McLaren.
Vote buying, hidden accounts, cover-up of 40 doping cases among which world medalists and massive diversion of funds for their own benefit, with $ 10.4 million out of control are some of the practices that McLaren includes in its report, which was commissioned in January by the IWA itself, after removing Ajan from the suspicions that weighed on him, reports Efe.
The Canadian professor was the one who brought to light the fabric of doping in Russia for which this country is serving a four-year sports suspension.
Asked this Thursday if the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the body of which Ajan was a member between 2000 and 2010, had knowledge of the irregularities, McLaren has only indicated that the IOC "has the information "on the investigations and" has cooperated very helpfully. " "Any decision in this regard is yours, not mine," he added during the presentation, quoted by the same agency.
Regarding the doping cases discovered, McLaren has said that he knows who they are and that has reported to the anti-doping authorities so they will be the ones to proceed now and report on it.
The Canadian was commissioned by the IWF to carry out this investigation after the dissemination of a report by the German public radio television company ARD accusing Ajan of diversion of funds, cover-up of doping practices and nepotism, among other irregularities. Aján was the strong man of the IWF for more than 40 years 24 of them as secretary general before entering the presidency in 2000, recalls Efe.
On January 22, Ursula Papandrea was forced to hand over the acting position to the American given the seriousness of the journalistic revelations . It took the Papandrea-led Executive just a week to commission McLaren with an independent investigation.
Ajan, who denied any irregularity, definitively left his post on April 15, under the guise of retirement – he is 81 years old. As early as March, he had renounced his status as an honorary IOC member, always according to the agency.
The McLaren report reaches the following conclusions:
– Aján's "autocratic leadership" led to a "dysfunctional and ineffective" government of the body by the Executive Committee, which had a distorted view of its operation. Ajan prevented anyone other than himself from knowing what was going on in the IWF.
– The control mechanism used by Aján was "the tyranny of money" . "Cash, withdrawn money, and unaccounted for money that only Aján received." This money came from "doping fines paid personally to the President and withdrawal of large sums from IWF accounts." It is "absolutely impossible" to know the amount defrauded, but the McLaren investigation finds that $ 10.4 million "has not been accounted for."
– Ajan "interfered inadmissibly" in the work of the IWF Anti-Doping Commission. But "the real problem is the doping culture that exists in this sport ". The investigation revealed "40 positives" hidden in IWF records. This includes "gold and silver medalists". The information has been transferred to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The Hungarian Anti-Doping Agency is not responsible for any irregularity.
– The last two IWF electoral congresses were held with votes "bought for the president and high-level positions of the Executive". This practice is, says McLaren, "a fundamental violation of the statutes of sport in matters of discipline and ethics".
The IWF has called a press conference this Thursday to discuss the conclusions of the McLaren report