The IWF Refugee Team organized its first training camp in Halmstad, Sweden. The Four athletes who took part included: Clementine Meukeugni Noumbissi from Cameroon, Fawaz Mohammed Saleh Hussein from Yemen/Saudi Arabia, and Reza Rouhi from Iran/Great Britain.

Three other lifters – Clementine Meukeugni Noumbissi, Fawaz Mohammed Saleh Hussein, and Reza Rouhi – were not able to attend the camp as they had difficulties in leaving their respective host countries.

IWF President Mohammed Jalood expressed his contentment upon the practical implementation of the IWF Refugee Team program and acknowledged the significance of the training camp.

IWF Executive Board Meeting – Highlights

  • Bahrain will host the 2024 IWF World Championships in Manama.
  • The event will take place in November/December 2024, following the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
  • The IWF discussed the Sustainability Project to reduce its carbon footprint.
  • – An anti-doping strategy was approved, allowing the IWF to exclude countries from competition if they fail to comply with doping tests.
  • – The suspension for four Pan-American Member Federations (Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, and the Cayman Islands) was lifted upon payment of the 2023 annual fee.
  • – Financial assistance was approved for the Cuban organizers of the 2023 Grand Prix to compensate for losses caused by last-minute withdrawals.
  • – A policy was established that requires timely payment of accommodation, entry, and anti-doping fees for international events under the IWF umbrella.
  • – An independent company will conduct an internal financial audit for the IWF.
  • – A Working Group will be created to develop a “Human Rights and Non-Discrimination” policy.