IWF Executive Board Member Moira Lassen, IWF President Dr. Tamas Ajan and USA Weightlifting President Ursula Garza Papandrea at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, during the 2nd International Federation Women in Leadership Forum
On this International Women's Day, the Weightlifting world celebrates a giant leap forward toward gender equality in Sport.
Our Sport's commitment to gender equality was on full display in Lausanne, Switzerland, today, on the final day of the 2nd International Federation Women in Leadership Forum hosted by the International Olympic Committee and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations.
USA Weightlifting President Ursula Garza-Papandrea, Tokyo 2020 Sport Manager Reiko Chinen, IWF President Dr. Tamas Ajan, IWF EB Member Moira Lassen, IWF Director General Attila Adamfi and IWF Communications & Marketing Director Lilla Rozgonyi at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland during the 2nd International Federation Women in Leadership Forum
USA Weightlifting's President Ursula Garza Papandrea represented the United States at the 3-day Forum in the Olympic capital. Others from our sport including Tokyo 2020 Sport Manager and lauded Technical Official Reiko Chinen (JPN), IWF Executive Board Member Moira Lassen (CAN) and International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Communications & Marketing Director Lilla Rozgonyi joined President Papandrea at the Forum.
"It was an honor to be asked to represent the International Weightlifting Federation and the United States at such an important event," Papandrea said. "We celebrate the women in our sport and celebrate what the leadership in Weightlifting has done to bring gender equality to our Sport and what the IOC is doing to focus on fostering gender equality in all sports."
IWF President Dr. Tamas Ajan spoke on a panel, championing our sport's commitment to gender equality. In 2016, the IWF added an 8th weight category for women, bringing the number of weight categories equal among men and women. The IWF also committed to a Constitutional amendment requiring a minimum of two positions for women in leadership roles including Vice President and an Executive Board member.
During the Forum, delegates picked up different skills to help lead their respective sports to greater success.
The Forum ended with a International Women's Day celebration hosted by IOC President Dr. Thomas Bach at the Lausanne Palace.