Doping: IWF provisionally suspends 5 Russian weightlifters

Russia’s Ruslan Albegov reacts after failing a lift attempt during the men’s +105kg Group A clean and jerk weightlifting competition during the London 2012 Olympics. (Reuters Pic)

BANGALORE: Five Russian weightlifters have been provisionally suspended for potential doping violations based on data retrieved from a Moscow laboratory, the sport’s governing body has said.

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) said it suspended the athletes “in view of the severity of the asserted anti-doping rule violations and compelling nature of the evidence” it received from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The five suspended athletes are 2012 Olympics bronze medallist Ruslan Albegov, 2013 women’s world champion Tima Turieva, David Bedzhanyan, Oleg Chen and Egor Klimonov.

“The IWF regrets these additional cases of doping in our sport from some years ago,” IWF President Tamas Ajan said in a statement.

“We note without any satisfaction that weightlifting was far from the only sport to have been affected by the extensive and historical Russian doping revealed by whistleblowers, the media and WADA.

“We can be satisfied, however, that the IWF has shown once again our determination to protect clean sport and promote clean athletes. We have not shown any hesitation in taking the right decisions.”