9 countries suspended by IWF for doping violations

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/10/1 11:27:29

Nine countries have been suspended from weightlifting for a year by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).

The decision by the IWF followed the retesting of anti-doping samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Countries with at least three doping offenses from those Olympics were suspended.

The member federations which have been identified as such are currently Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.

"At the IWF we have made it clear that the incidence of doping in some areas is totally unacceptable and that our members have a responsibility to ensure clean sport in their countries," IWF President Tamas Ajan said in a statement.

"If they do not fulfil their responsibilities to ensure their lifters are clean then they will lose their right to participate."

The suspensions could mean a drastically weakened world championships, scheduled from Nov. 28 through Dec. 6 in Anaheim, the United States.

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