The International Weightlifting Federation's (IWF) Sport Programme Commission (SPC) has met for the first time in Budapest this week.
IWF President Tamas Ajan opened the meetings, which took place on September 4 and 5, by reminding those in attendance that "the IWF must be committed to protecting the integrity of its sport".
The main task of the five-strong Commission is to formulate a programme for the sport at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, where it will have one less weight category than Rio 2016, and 64 fewer athlete places.
The SPC, comprising key stakeholders from all areas of weightlifting, is due to report to a special meeting of the IWF Executive Board in Romania on September 30 and October 1.
Weightlifting lost those 64 places - from 260 down to 196 - as part of a reshuffle by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which has introduced more mixed events and increased the number of sports on the programme.
The SPC will advise on the qualification system and field size, as well as deciding which of the men’s events should be dropped.
Four males and one female on the SPC are drawn from five different nations in Asia, Oceania and Europe, and will be joined by two advisors.
Nicu Vlad, the Romanian who won Olympic gold in the under 90 kilograms category at Los Angeles 1984, is on the SPC alongside Attila Adamfi, the IWF’s director general from Hungary, and Japan's Reiko Chinen, the weightlifting manager at Tokyo 2020 and a member of the IWF Technical Committee.
Joining them will be Matthew Curtain, the London 2012 weightlifting manager from Australia, who is now director of sport and International Federation relations at the Commonwealth Games Federation.
The Commission is completed by Tom Goegebuer, the Belgian who competed at the European Championships for 18 straight years and is an IWF athlete representative.
The two advisors are Andrew Ryan, representing the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations, and Adam Schneider, a director of the IWF’s strategic media partner, Lagardère.
During the meeting, the Commission accepted that weightlifting's historic place on the Olympic programme brings "major responsibilities" for the IWF but agreed with the IOC and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to make every effort to ensure clean participation throughout the sport.
The strong position taken by the IWF in its sanctioning of National Federations by suspending them from Rio 2016 was also noted by the Commission.
However, it felt that more must be done following the high number of positive cases in weightlifting from the retests of samples collected during the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games.
The Commission urged the IWF, IOC and WADA to support each other in working collectively towards eliminating doping from the sport.
Recommendations of the Commission will be fully aligned with the IWF Clean Sport Commission, who are set to meet on September 11 and 12.
The Sport Programme Commission will next meet in October to finalise specific measures for the consideration of the IWF Executive Board.
The IOC has also given the IWF a deadline of December this year to present a "satisfactory" report on how it will deal with doping problems.
Failure to do so would lead to the sport - which had 49 positives in the IOC-led retesting of samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games - losing its place on the Paris 2024 schedule.
That task will be handled by the Clean Sport Commission.