Geneva, Switzerland: The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) on Wednesday disclosed a names of 15 past Olympians, including 3 Beijing 2008 bullion medallists, who unsuccessful doping tests after their samples were re-analysed.
The re-analysis programme was launched by a International Olympic Committee (IOC) focusing on Beijing 2008 and London 2012 award winners, as partial of an bid to fight drug intrigue in sport.
“The IWF imposed imperative provisional suspensions on a athletes,” a Lausanne, Switzerland-based association pronounced in a statement.
Headlining a organisation are 3 Chinese champions: Cao Lei (-75 kg), Chen Xiexia (-48 kg) and Liu Chun Hong (-69 kg), who all claimed bullion in Beijing. Liu also won bullion in Athens 2004.
Three Belarussians — Andrei Ryaboku (silver medallist during Athens and Beijing), Nastassia Novikava (bronze, Beijing) and Iryna Kulesha (bronze, London) — were among those sanctioned.
Kazakhstan’s Mariya Grabovetskaya (bronze, Beijing) Maya Maneza (gold, London) and Irina Nekrassova (silver, Beijing) were implicated, along with Russia’s Khadzhilurat Akkayev (silver Athens and bronze, Beijing) and Dimitri Lapikov (bronze Beijing).
Ukraine’s Natalya Davydova (bronze Beijing) and Olha Korobka (silver Beijing) also unsuccessful tests.
The dual competitors who have never medalled though flunked a IOC re-analysis were Vladimir Sedov and Nizami Pashayev, both from Azerbaijan.
The IOC is grappling with a operation of doping crises over a just-concluded Rio Games, vowing to renovate a tellurian contrast complement in a entrance months.
Doping continued to disease weightlifting in Rio, where 5 competitors tested positive, including bronze medallist Izzat Artykov of Kyrgystan.