LAUSANNE - Weightlifting will be given the green light for inclusion in the Paris 2024 Olympics by the The International Olympic Committee (IOC) once an anti-doping agreement is in place, ending 18 months of uncertainty for the sport's future in the Games.
The IOC said in 2017 that weightlifting had to reform its anti-doping procedures or risk missing out on the Paris Olympics after scores of doping cases in the sport in the past decade alone had tarnished its image as well as the Olympics.
The IOC said at the time weightlifting had a 'provisional inclusion' for Paris pending far-reaching doping reforms.
But on Tuesday the Olympic body said it was satisfied with progress in that respect, with an agreement pending between the International Testing Agency (ITA) and the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).
"The IOC Executive Board reviewed the position and the positive steps in the past 18 months to strengthen the anti-doing programme," IOC spokesman Mark Adams told a news conference.