Ilya Ilyin Biggest Lifts, PEDs, and the Corruption in the IWF

Ilya Ilyin on Drugs in Sports, and the Corruption of the IWF

Not long before Ilya Ilyin announced his retirement from the sport of weightlifting due to the complications of Olympic qualification brought on by Covid-19, I was able to sit down with him and record an interview about his life. We spoke about his childhood and training process in part 1, and more in part 2 about his use of drugs in the sport.

Main Topics and Time Stamps

  • 00:18 – What was the 242kg World Record like?
  • 04:19 – Best ever training lifts
  • 06:37 – Where were you the moment you got popped?
  • 13:30 – “My life is ruined”
  • 16:28 – Do you blame Kazakhstan?
  • 18:50 – The involvement of politics in sport. “There is big money…”
  • 19:40 – Did WADA make you their poster boy?
  • 20:25 – Is it wrong to take drugs in sport?
  • 22:20 – Do sports need drugs to maintain popularity?
  • 23:10 Is it possible to remove drugs from weightlifting?

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