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WADA to Investigate IWF Anti-doping Corruption

The World Anti-Doping Agency has announced that it will be investigating alleged interference with anti-doping at the IWF, following evidence being supplied to it by the McClaren investigation. WADA President, Witold Bańka, said: “WADA is appalled by the behavior exposed by the McLaren Investigation Team. The Agency condemns all interference with anti-doping procedures with the […]

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New Positive Tests for Russian Athletes

Three Russian weightlifters, who were already under investigation for doping, have tested positive for banned drugs according to the IWF. Nadezda Evstyukhina, Oleg Chen and David Bedzhanyan all gave samples that tested positive for the same metabolite of an anabolic steroid. 4-chloro-18-nor-17b-hydroxymethyl, 17a-methyl-5aandrost-13-en-3a-ol is produced in the body as it metabolises Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, a banned anabolic […]


Three Colombians Test Positive

The IWF has announced that three Colombian weightlifters have tested positive for the banned steroid Boldenone or its metabolites. The suspensions of Yenny Sinisterra, Juan Felipe Solis Arboleda and Ana Iris Segura were all announced on 25th February 2020. Boldenone is an anabolic steroid with a history of use for doping in a range of […]

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IWF Appoint Richard McLaren To Investigate Corruption Claims

The IWF has appointed Professor Richard H. McLaren to investigate claims made by the recent German documentary of corruption by IWF President Dr. Tamas Ajan. McLaren is known for his investigations of doping in sport, including in USA athletics, professional baseball and, most recently, Russia. His report into state-sponsored doping in Russia has led to […]

Entire Thai Weightlifting Board Resigns

The entire executive board of the Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association (TAWA) have announced their resignations. Their resignation letter references claims made by the recent German TV documentary, which featured an undercover recording of Thai weightlifter Siripuch Gulnoi. The somewhat confusing letter appears to attempt to exonerate Gulnoi by claiming she was misled by the documentary […]


WADA Bans Russia From All Major Sporting Events

The World Anti-Doping Agency has announced a decision that would see Russia banned from all major sporting events for four years. If upheld, the ban would mean the only chance for Russian weightlifters to appear at the 2020 Olympic Games would be for them to independently prove themselves to be clean athletes and compete under […]

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IOC Warn IWF Not to Allow Thai Return

InsideTheGames is reporting that the International Olympic Committee has written to the IWF to warn them against allowing any Thai athletes to return to international competition prior to the 2020 Olympics. There have been reports that Thailand hoped to be able to send youth and junior weightlifters to competitions, despite their self-imposed withdrawl from international […]

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Egypt Out of World Championships Due to Suspension

The entire Egypt team has been withdrawn from the 2019 World Weightlifting Championships after a two-year national suspension was imposed by the IWF. The suspension is the result of a string of anti-doping violations in 2016. It has only come into force now because the fact that several of the athletes involved were minors has […]


More IWF Suspensions for Russian Lifters Based On McLaren Evidence

Following on from the five suspensions earlier this week, a further five Russian weightlifters have been suspended pending the outcome of investigations against them. Evidence has been supplied to the IWF by the World Anti-Doping Administration (WADA), based on that collected by the McLaren report. The new suspensions are: Dimitriy Lapikov – already stripped of […]

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Five Suspensions for Russian Lifters

Five Russian weightlifters have been handed provisional suspensions by the IWF based on evidence passed to it by the World Anti Doping Administration (WADA). The suspensions are not as the results of failed anti-doping tests but rather are under Article 2.2 of the IWF anti-doping policy, which applies to situations where attempted use of a […]