USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews and USA Weightlifting President Ursula Garza-Papandrea traveled to Moscow this month to further discuss the reformation of the Russian Weightlifting Federation.
Russia Weightlifting Federation president Maxim Agapitov hosted Andrews and Garza-Papandrea in Moscow.
“This was an extremely important meeting. We got to see exactly what Russia is doing to improve their anti-doping efforts, it is important that our sport recognizes the efforts being made by President Agapitov, and gives this new Russian administration the opportunity to prove it can make a valuable contribution to the sport of Weightlifting ” Andrews said.
The USA delegation toured the National Center for Sports Medicine and the athletic training center. The delegation also visited with Russian Weightlifting Federation officials as well as executives from the Russian Olympic Committee and Ministry of Sport.
“It was refreshing to see that Russia has recommitted itself to clean sport and fair play,” Garza-Papandrea said.
The trip follows Agapitov’s visit to Anaheim in March where he toured the venue of the 2017 IWF World Weightlifting Championships and discussed anti-doping efforts, joint sponsorship and training opportunities.
Elsewhere in May, Andrews and Papandrea visited with IWF Presidential Candidate Dr Antonio Urso in Rome while Papandrea visited the Executive Board meeting of the Pan American Weightlifting Federation in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
The IWF Electoral Congress will take place at the end of June, where Papandrea will be a candidate for Vice President and Executive Board member of the IWF. Other US candidates include Joe Triolo (IWF Technical Committee), Dr Mark Lavallee (IWF Medical Committee) and Dr Kyle Pierce (Coaching & Research Committee).