Mirabai Chanu – Weightlifting Olympics Status: Tokyo Olympic Silver medallist Mirabai Chanu turned 27 years old today. But on the day she is celebrating her birthday, her sport of Weightlifting is all set to lose its Olympics Status. Reason, Charter changes which could spell the end of weightlifting’s long association with the Olympic Games have been unanimously approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session here today. This means in all likelihood Chanu & her fellow weightlifters will not be seen in action at Paris 2024 Olympics.
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Weightlifting faces the ever growing prospect of being removed from the Olympic Games programme or, following the Charter changes, being suspended from Paris 2024 and given a chance to return at Los Angeles 2028 under new leadership.
The IOC membership today rubber-stamped a proposal to grant the Executive Board the power to suspend sports from the Olympic programme without approval from the Session.
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Mirabai Chanu – Weightlifting Olympics Status: The Olympic Charter was amended so a sport can now be removed by the full IOC membership if its governing body does not comply with a decision made by the IOC executive board or if it “acts in a manner likely to tarnish the reputation of the Olympic movement.”
It added a “but not limited to” clause that goes beyond the stated reasons for removing a sport, thus widening its authority.
The executive board, which is chaired by IOC President Thomas Bach, also got new powers to suspend a sport or event discipline from the Olympics if its governing body refuses to comply with a decision.
The need for new rules was presented to the membership by IOC vice president John Coates, who also leads the Olympic body’s legal commission and is a close Bach ally.
“In the recent past, the IOC has been confronted with situations raising serious concerns regarding the governance of certain international federations,” Coates said at the end-of-Games meeting.
Mirabai Chanu – Weightlifting Olympics Status: Boxing and weightlifting are among 28 core sports locked into the Olympic program, while host cities can apply to add others that appeal to a domestic market. Tokyo added baseball, softball and karate to this year’s Games, and also gave debuts to skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing, which chimed with the IOC’s attempt to woo young viewers.
Breakdancing will debut in Paris while skateboarding, climbing and surfing will be retained.