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The Fight to Save Weightlifting (with Sarah Davies)

Today we’re talking to British weightlifter Sarah Davies, who represents England at the highest levels of international competition. The 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medalist is also the IWF Athlete Commission’s Chair, a role that sees her advocating for athlete representation within the sport’s international governing body. Over the past year, massive shakeups, corruption allegations, and doping scandals have rocked the International Weightlifting Federation. Sarah has been very outspoken about where she feels the IWF must undergo reform, a stance that has created tension between her and members of the organization’s Executive Board. In this episode, Sarah joins us to talk about how weightlifting needs to change, her experiences as the Athlete Commission chair, and how she balances her dual role as athlete and advocate.

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Sarah Davies on the BarBend Podcast

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On this episode of The BarBend Podcast, host David Thomas Tao talks to Sarah Davies about:

  • Sarah’s surprise when she was named Athlete Commission’s Chair (2:40)
  • The awkward reality of being critical of the IWF Executive Board while serving as Commission Chair (5:30)
  • “There are just two people on the Executive Board who appreciate me being there” (8:20)
  • The support that IOC officials have given Sarah and her fellow athlete representatives (12:20)
  • Policies Sarah thinks need to change to save weightlifting — and the critical time crunch involved (15:52)
  • Why Sarah thinks doping punishments need to be harsher for countries that violate the rules (18:39)
  • The risk of in-person elections in international weightlifting, and why that could potentially increase the likelihood of bribes (23:30)
  • Sarah’s training in the lead up to Tokyo (27:05)

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