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Kazakhstan Drops Challenge to Tokyo 2020 Qualification System

InsideTheGames has reported that the Kazakhstan Weightlifting Federation has agreed not to continue its opposition to the Olympic weightlifting qualification system introduced in 2018. It had been pursuing an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. As we explain in our Tokyo 2020 Qualification Guide, the new system was partly designed to make it …

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India To Ban Or Fine Three State Federations

The Indian Weightlifting Federation is poised to take action against three state weightlifting federations following a string of drug test failures at national competitions. The Punjab, Haryana and Karnataka weightlifting federations face a ban after eight athletes tested positive for drugs at the Indian Youth and Junior National Championships in December 2018. Two further failed …

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Sonny Webster Ban Extension – Full UKAD Judgement

The full judgement of UK Anti-Doping that led to Sonny Webster’s four-year ban being extended by three additional years has been published. UKAD ruled that Webster had breached the Prohibited Association rule by coaching three athletes who were registered with British Weightlifting. The coaching is described in the judgement as a mixture of online programming, …

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Thailand Weightlifting Banned with new tests

Thai Athletes Were Caught by More Sophisticated Test

A statement by the Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association (included at the bottom of this article) has revealed that eight Thai athletes who failed anti-doping tests were caught as a result of a sophisticated but time-consuming testing technique. Gas Chromatography-Combustion Isotope Ratio Analysis (GC-C-IRMS) is an extremely sensitive way to identify chemicals in complex mixtures. In …

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Lydia Valentin Receives Gold From London 2012

Spanish lifter Lydia Valentin has finally got her hands on her Olympic gold medal. Valentin finished in fourth position at the competition but Svetlana Podobedova (Kazakhstan), Natalia Zabolotnaya (Russia) and Iryna Kulesha (Belarus) were all disqualified following retrospective anti-doping tests of samples taken in London. Along with Valentin’s gold, silver and bronze medals have also …

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