The IWF, headquartered in Budapest, Hungary, had a serious internal fight this month. The Executive Committee deprived the American Papandrea of the executive chairman's power through a video conference on the 14th. In the following two days, they appointed two transitional chairpersons.
Since then, there have been new developments in the plot of internal fighting every day. The opposition of the former IWF chairman Agen, and the chairman of the European Union Urso and Papandrea have resigned from the executive committee.
Dole, who resigned on the 19th, is a British national and a compatriot and assistant of the current Transition Chairman Irani. He is also the representative of the IWF in the International Federation of Summer Olympics, responsible for medical and scientific consultation. On the same day Dole resigned, the British Weightlifting Association issued a statement, also calling for the collective resignation of the IWF Executive Committee.
The IWF has previously announced that it will hold a congress in Lausanne, Switzerland or Istanbul, Turkey to elect a new chairman and executive committee at the end of April next year, but Dole believes that it is "too late" to wait until April to re-elect. In view of the development of the new crown pneumonia epidemic, Dole also suggested that the congress be held directly through video conference.
There is not much time left for the IWF. The International Olympic Committee will determine the event setting and quota allocation for the Paris Olympic Games in December this year. This is also the reason why Doll called for a re-election as soon as possible.
"Only a thorough reform can save the IWF. Therefore, I suggest that you immediately ask all the vice-chairmen and the executive committee to resign collectively." Dole said in a letter to Irani. With the support of the International Federation of Summer Olympic Games, independent experts are responsible for internal reforms and congresses for re-elections."