(ANSA) – ROME, JUN 18 – A dramatic confirmation for a great victory for world weightlifting. Tamas Aján, the Hungarian former president of the IWF, and his deputy, the Romanian Nicu Vlad, former Olympic champion in Los Angeles 1984, were banned for life by the Lausanne Sports Arbitration Tribunal, on charges of “tampering with the doping control process and violation of anti-doping rules which have involved more lifters since at least 2012 “. Not only that: to this is added the “coverage, delay and obstacle to the management of anti-doping results for some athletes”, violations “whose severity and the period of time during which they were committed” prompted the TAS to see “the radiation. as the most appropriate sanction “. It is a victory for world weightlifting, polluted by 44 years of shady management, but a sad victory, “which comes too late” as FIPE President Antonio Urso rightly says, who for 12 long years put his face on it denouncing all the wrongdoings . It is Urso, President of the European Federation for three terms, who has contributed substantially to opening Pandora’s box, providing the German broadcaster ARD, the material for the documentary “Lord of the Lifters”, which accused Aján of corruption in the procedures anti-doping and financial crimes, leading him to resign in April 2020. Now there is a last resort: on 25 and 26 June the IWF is called to renew its leadership in Tirana, during the International Congress. One of the candidates is Antonio Urso: “This is the last step. Either the IWF decides to revolutionize everything or there will be nothing to do. It is not enough just to change the people or the seats, you have to change the vision, the strategy, otherwise it doesn’t make sense. I don’t know if I’m the right man; I have a certain conception of sport, but if I’m the only one in a context of people who think differently from me, the wrong one is me. what is fundamental is the working group, which marries the strategy in a united way “. Time is running out and the countdown has begun. Paris 2024 could be the last Olympic stage for weightlifting, but there is still a glimmer of hope.