IPF General Assembly Votes to Exclude Robert Wilks, Powerlifting Australia and Oceania Powerlifting Federation

The General Assembly of the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) held in Pilsen, Czech Republic 12 November 2017 voted with more than the requisite two-thirds majority to exclude Powerlifting Australia (PA), the Oceania Powerlifting Federation (OPF) and Mr. Robert Wilks (RW) from the IPF and its activities. 

In principle, those motions come into effect immediately.

Mr. Robert Wilks raised the point that, if OPF and PA were excluded with immediate effect, it would not be possible for the OPF to host the IPF-sanctioned Oceania Championships & Pacific Invitational to be held 6-10 December 2017 in Singapore and for Australian lifters to participate under the banner of PA. 

After duly considering this matter, the IPF Executive Committee proposed a solution which respected the will of the General Assembly to exclude PA, OPF and RW but also, in view of the proximity of the Oceania Championships & Pacific Invitational, took into account the interests of the lifters to participate. With those considerations in mind, the IPF Executive Committee made the following proposal:

·       The exclusion of RW from IPF and its activities, to take effect immediately.

·       The exclusion of PA and OPF from the IPF and its activities to take effect at midnight on 10 December 2017.

With effect immediately and until midnight on 10 December 2017, all rights of PA and OPF derived from or in connection with their status as a member federation and affiliated region of the IPF (respectively) are suspended, <wbr>save to the extent necessary to organize, deliver and participate in the Oceania Championships & Pacific Invitational from 6-10 December.

RW was asked whether he agreed to this proposal, which he did without prejudice and reserving his other rights. The General Assembly was then asked to vote on this proposal, which they agreed with unanimously. RW asked whether he could continue to attend the General Assembly as an observer, which was permitted.

To clarify. The question has arisen if the above situation affects the membership of the other nations in the OPF. The answer is no. All OPF member nations except PA maintain their IPF membership unaffected. They remain all full members of the International Powerlifting Federation.

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