The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) continues to cast itself in a less than favorable light. After there had already been unrest on Saturday during the appointment of the new president Mohamed Jaloud, a second round of elections for one of the top offices must now also be held. As reported by insidethegames, José Quinones had been wrongly declared the winner of the election of the Secretary General and Treasurer in Tirana, Albania.
Quinones would have received 68 votes, runner-up Antonio Urso of Italy 60 votes, and third candidate Ali Moradi of Iran 16 votes. However, Quinones did not gain the majority with this result for which he would have needed 73 votes, which would correspond to 50 percent plus one vote.
The IWF now calls this mistake a human error and has scheduled a runoff election between Quinones and Urso for June 30, which should have already taken place on Saturday. According to insidethegames, Quinones explained in a message to Electoral Commission Chairman Gabriel Nigon, “According to the Constitution, the results are determined by a result of 50 percent plus one of the votes cast, that is, by simple majority. For this reason, I call on the Election Commission to assess this situation and decide that the IMF must hold a new election of the Secretary General/Treasurer in the interest of absolute transparency and democracy.”
The International Weightlifting Federation also commented on the incident last night. An IWF statement said that after the conclusion of the 2022 Electoral Congress, it would have been determined that if an election had been held, the simple majority percentage would have been miscalculated by the Independent Electoral Commission for the office of Secretary General and Treasurer. After an inquiry by José Quinones to the Electoral Commission about the published results, it was found that the announcement of a winner had been premature. The Election Commission apologized unreservedly to the IWF and the two candidates affected by this error.
That still leaves this year’s International Weightlifting Federation elections unfinished business, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which has dropped weightlifting from the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic program, will surely have been watching this keenly.