Weightlifting latest sport to suspend ties with SportAccord



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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Weightlifting has become the 10th sport to break with SportAccord, the umbrella body for Olympic and non-Olympic federations.

The International Weightlifting Federation says it decided to suspend its membership following last month's attack on the IOC by SportAccord President Marius Vizer.

The matter will be discussed at the IWF congress on June 5 in Wroclaw, Poland.

Weightlifting follows triathlon, wrestling, taekwondo, boxing, athletics, archery, canoeing, shooting and bobsled in suspending or cutting relations with SportAccord. The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations, which represents the 28 sports in the games, has also suspended ties.

Vizer has become isolated since blasting the IOC and President Thomas Bach in a speech at the SportAccord convention in Sochi, Russia. Vizer said the IOC system was "outdated," and Bach's reform program of no use.

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