IWF interdicts Russian weightlifters in Rio Olympics

  • Russian athletes who were previously sanctioned for doping violations are not allowed to compete in the Olympics in Rio
  • Not all Russian athletes are banned from competing
  • Appropriate sanction was used to preserve the status of sport

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that Russian athletes who were previously sanctioned for doping violations are not allowed to compete in Rio Olympics.

The IOC, however, clarified that not all Russian athletes are banned from competing. “They can only compete if they meet the criteria laid out by the athletic governing body,” the IOC stated.

Following the IOC announcement, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) on Friday announced a ban on Russian athletes.

“The integrity of the weightlifting sport has been seriously damaged on multiple times and levels by the Russians. Therefore, an appropriate sanction was applied in order to preserve the status of the sport,” the IWF said.

It was reported that four out of eight nominated Russian weightlifters were listed in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as beneficiaries of the Disappearing Positive Methodology System (DPMS) — which would make positive doping tests appear negative.

The IWF also noted “extremely shocking and disappointing statistics” about seven weightlifters.

Another violation of the IOC’s competition criteria appears as seven Russian weightlifters were confirmed in Adverse Analytical Findings (AAFs) from the combined reanalysis process of the London and Beijing Olympics, the weightlifting organization claimed.

IWF likewise inquired whether there was overlap between the athletes who were beneficiaries of the Disappearing Positive Methodology System and those who had been confirmed AAFs.

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