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Fernando Reis Suspended, Out of Tokyo

Brazilian super-heavyweight Fernando Reis has been provisionally suspended and will not be allowed to take part in the Tokyo Olympic Games later this month. Reis apparently tested positive for human growth hormone on June 11th in an out-of-competition test. He can request that the B sample is tested and appeal the decision but it looks […]

Late Changes to Olympic Weightlifting Lineup

The IWF has released a couple of late changes to the lineup of weightlifters for the Tokyo Olympic Games, which start in less than two weeks. In W+87, Parisa Jahanfekrian, who was to have been the first Iranian woman to compete in weightlifting at the Olympics, has been replaced by Guatemala’s Scarleth Ucelo Marroquin. According […]

IWF Releases Final Lineup For Olympic Games

The IWF has released the final allocation of places for weightlifting at the Tokyo Olympic Games, due to start later this month. This list takes into account anti-doping sanctions against Vietnam, Colombia and Turkey, which all had their quota of places reduced. Two athletes from Russia feature but are listed as representing The Russian Olympic […]

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ITA Report into Doping in Weightlifting Released – Aján, Vlad, Akkus Charged

The International Testing Agency has released its report into doping in weightlifting between 2009 and 2019. It comes with some explosive allegations against people working at the top levels of weightlifting. Ket points from the report: Former president Tamás Aján, Current vice president Nicu Vlad and current president of EWF Hassan Akkus charged with covering […]

More Olympic Places Confirmed

A few more weightlifters have had confirmation that they will be able to follow their Olympic dreams. The IWF released new Absolute Ranking lists which move them into qualifying slots. Lisa Marie Schweizer (Germany) moves up after the removal of Loredana Toma due to Romania’s national suspension shuffled all of the qualifiers up a place. […]

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Romania Suspended. Toma Out.

The IWF has announced that Romania has been handed a one-year national suspension from weightlifting as a result of numerous anti-doping violations. This means that Romania, already reduced to just one athlete for the Tokyo Olympics will now have no weightlifting representation at the Games. Their sole qualified athlete, Loredana Toma, will now be removed […]

Japan Names Team for Olympics

Japan has confirmed the three female weightlifters who will represent it at the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics in July. Hiromi Miyake (W49), Kanae Yagi (W55) and Mikiko Andoh (W59) have been selected to take host country slots. As host nation, Japan was guaranteed at least three male and three female weightlifting slots at the games. […]

Here’s Who is Going To Tokyo (As It Stands)

The IWF have published the absolute ranking lists that give a very godo idea of most of the athletes who will lift in Tokyo next month. The IWF lists show the picture by weight category but here are all of the qualifiers so far sorted by their nation (see notes below) Nation Athlete Name Category […]

Colombia Lose at CAS, look to be Out of Olympics

The Colombian Weightlifting Federation has failed in its bid to overturn three anti-doping decisions that look set to rule it out of the Tokyo Olympics in July. The cases concerned Ana Segura, Yenny Sinisterra and Juan Felipe Arboleda. They all tested positive for Boldenone in January 2020 and were charged with use of prohibited substances. […]

Cyrille Tchatchet II to Represent Refugee Team in Tokyo

United Kingdom-based weightlifter Cyrille Tchatchet II has been selected as the only weightlifter to be part of the 29-strong Refugee Team at the Tokyo Olympics in July. Tchatchet II grew up in Cameroon and competed under its flag at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Fearing to return to his home country, he fled the […]