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(ATR) A veteran leader of the International Weightlifting Federation steps aside as an investigation is launched into accusations of financial scandal.
Tamas Ajan steps aside for 90 days. (ATR)
Tamas Ajan is under fire after 40 years at the federation, first as secretary general and since 2000 as president. Ajan, 81, has been named in a documentary by German TV channel ARD. He’s accused of diverting funds for the federation into personal bank accounts. Ajan denies the accusations.
But Ajan has been forced to relinquish his presidency, at least temporarily, while the IWF launches an independent inquiry. The decision of the IWF executive board came during a 13 hour meeting Jan. 22 in Doha.
Taking his place is USA Weightlifting President Ursula Papandrea, who will hold the title of Acting President for 90 days. She will also lead an ad hoc commission that oversees the investigation of the claims raised by ARD.
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ATRadio: Lausanne 2020 Reporter's Notebook
ATR's Brian Pinelli with Lausanne 2020 president Virginie Faivre at the Olympic Bob Run in St. Moritz. (ATR)
(ATR) The 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games come to a happy end in Lausanne. The third edition of the Games appears to have been a good fit for Lausanne. There were plenty of spectators and atmosphere without overwhelming the Swiss hosts says Brian Pinelli, ATR's correspondent in Lausanne.
More on the 2020 Winter YOG in this ATRadio podcast with Brian and ATR Editor Ed Hula.
Homepage photo of closing ceremony: OIS