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Doping row: Russian weighlifters suspended

Three Russian weightlifters were issued suspensions of up to eight years after they were found guilty of performance enhancing drugs abuse, a senior official with the Russian Weightlifting Federation (RWF) has said.

Aleksey Kosov (under 94 kg category) and Olga Afaniasieva (under 69 kg category) were each handed by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) suspension terms of four years, while Olga Zubova (under 75 kg category) was disqualified for eight years, reports Tass.

“Kosov and Afanasieva were handed a four-year suspension, while Zubova received an eight-year ban because she violated anti-doping regulations for the second time,” RWF vice president Alexander Petrov said on Tuesday.

According to earlier reports, Russian weightlifter Aleksey Lovchev, the gold medallist of the 2015 World Championships in Houston, also was suspended by the IWF for four years over violations of anti-doping regulations. “As you already know, Lovchev was banned for four years,” Petrov said. 

As far as I know, only Lovchev decided to file an appeal against the IFW decision on his disqualification.” 

Late last December, Lovchev, a world record holder in over 105 kg category, was temporarily barred from competitions on the suspicion he was in breach of anti-doping rules. His A-sample collected at the World Championships tested positive for banned substance Ipamorelin.  His B-sample was opened later at a laboratory in Montreal and it also tested positive.

Lovchev said on Tuesday that he disagreed with the decision of the IFW to ban him for four years and voiced his intention of filing an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.

WADA to probe latest Russia claims
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Tuesday vowed to fully investigate allegations against Russia of a vast state-run doping program during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. WADA said it would hold a thorough probe into claims made by CBS television’s 60 Minutes and the New York Times earlier this month alleging widespread doping. 

“WADA is fully committed to investigating these additional allegations that were exposed by 60 Minutes and The New York Times; and, to publicly reporting its findings,” WADA President Craig Reedie said.“WADA has tackled this investigative work as a matter of priority for clean sport,” he added. 

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