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Tuesday 29, Aug 2017

  China Faces Weightlifting Ban After Weightlifters Lose Doping Appeal

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed the appeals filed by Cao Lei (75kg) and Liu Chunhong (69kg) who were stripped of the gold medals they won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after they failed doping tests conducted eight years later.

In January, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ordered the two Chinese female weightlifters to return their medals from the Beijing Games after re-tests of samples tested positive for prohibited substances. Lei and Chunhong tested positive for banned human growth hormones. Compatriot Chen Xiexia, who won gold in the 48kg category in Beijing, was also disqualified by the IOC.

In a statement, the CAS said it had upheld decision of the International Olympic Committee against the two athletes. CAS said, the athletes as a consequence are disqualified from the events in which they participated: Chunhong Liu – Women’s 69kg (gold medal), and Lei Cao – Women’s 75kg (gold medal).

Liu was also the 2004 Athens Olympics champion in her weight class. Chen and Cao were world champions in 2007. Lei and Chunhong both tested positive for GHRP-2 that is known to stimulate the production of growth hormone while Liu also tested positive for Sibutramine, a banned stimulant. The IOC disciplinary commission, because of the similarities of the cases, urged the International Weightlifting Federation to investigate Chinese team coaches and officials. The IOC had then remarked that this suggests a possible involvement of the athlete’s entourage in these cases and the IWF is invited to investigate that situation and, if adequate, to take action against relevant people in the athlete’s entourage.

The lawyer for both athletes argued to the Court of Arbitration for Sport that the doping cases should be dropped as GHRP-2 was not specifically named in the prohibited list of substances published by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The single judge of CAS accepted the IOC case that a section of the list relating to “hormones and related substances” applied in these cases.

The gold medals won by Liu and Cao are now set to be reassigned to Oksana Slivenko of Russia and Kazakhstan’s Alla Vazhenina respectively. The medal of Chen has already been re-allocated to Chen Wei-ling of Taipei.

Under new rules adopted by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), a country can be banned for up to a period of four years if three of its lifters test positive in drug tests within a year. It is believed that China, in this first instance, may be handed a ban of one year. The IWF had promised automatic bans if a nation had three athletes testing positive in the IOC’s Beijing and London retests.

In June, the International Olympic Committee warned that weightlifting event could be dropped from the 2024 Olympics because of repeated doping failures. About 50 weightlifters have delivered positive results in drug retesting from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics. Thomas Bach, the President of IOC, had remarked the International Weightlifting Federation has until December 2017 to deliver a satisfactory report to the IOC on how they will address the massive doping problems this sport is facing.

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Monday 16, Jan 2017

  Doping Cases Of Three Weightlifters To Be Probed By COC

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The Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) reiterated its zero tolerance to doping and vowed to investigate the cases of three Chinese weightlifters after they were stripped of gold medals won during 2008 Olympic Games.

On Thursday, it was announced by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that three female Chinese Olympic weightlifting gold medalists Cao Lei (75 kilograms), Chen Xiexia (48 kilograms) and Liu Chunhong (69 kilograms) were among five other athletes who competed at 2008 and 2012 Summer Games. The three Olympic weightlifters all tested positive for prohibited substance Growth hormone-releasing peptide 2 and metabolite (GHRP-2 M2) after re-analysis of their samples from Beijing 2008. Liu also tested positive for Sibutramine. The disqualification leaves China facing a potential ban on weightlifting from international competitions for a period of one year.

A Chinese anti-doping expert said production of growth hormones is stimulated by the drug taken by the athletes. The expert added Sibutramine was possibly used as a masking agent. The Chinese anti-doping expert went on to criticize several Western media that accused the country of state-sponsored doping. The expert remarked they are just analyzing cases with “double standard.” He said there are also many athletes from Western countries who were found using prohibited substances in recent years, but the global media usually tries to paint their indiscretions as personal mistake but the issue becomes ‘nationally organized behavior’ when it comes to countries like China, which is a double standard.

In a statement published on its official website, the Chinese Olympic Committee said it condemns the three athletes who violated the spirit of sportsmanship and Olympics for doping. It further said that the Chinese Olympic Committee respects the decisions made by the IOC and will investigate the cases with related bodies and added we are in solidarity with the International Olympic Committee to protect clean athletes and fight against doping.

The list of other suspended athletes included Belarus shot-putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk, who was the bronze medalist in Beijing but tested positive for the steroid Turinabol. Turinabol, also called T-bol, is the androgenic anabolic steroid that bagged newspaper headlines after the East German doping scandal became public. This steroid has a positive effect on nitrogen retention and protein synthesis.

Belarusian hammer thrower Darya Pchelnik lost her fourth spot from the 2008 Games. Sibel Simsek of Turkey, Intigam Zairov of Azerbaijan and Armenia’s Norayr Vardanya — three non-medal weightlifters from the 2012 Olympics in London — were also disqualified.

The International Olympic Committee is reanalyzing 1,243 samples from Beijing and London using testing techniques not available at the time.

The results of the new tests will feature during discussions in April this year to map out the program of future summer Olympics. Weightlifting accounts for the most positive tests followed by athletics, wrestling, and cycling. IOC president Thomas Bach recently said that we will have to look at the results in detail, connect each sport with each country and see if it is a problem specific to each country. Bach added then we will study the situation with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

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Friday 26, Aug 2016

  China Face One-Year Ban From Weightlifting

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The International Weightlifting Federation confirmed on Thursday that three failed retests of drug test samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics will lead to automatic ban on China if the doping allegations are proven and the athletes in question would be disqualified by the International Olympic Committee.

Three Olympic champion weightlifters from China and eight other medalists stand to be stripped of their titles after failing retests of their doping samples from the 2008 Olympics. The International Weightlifting Federation says the 11 tested positive for a range of banned substances and they are all provisionally suspended until the doping cases are resolved.

In a statement on its website, the IWF said Chinese gold medalists Cao Lei, Liu Chunhong, and Chen Xiexia all tested positive for GHRP-2 that stimulates growth hormone production, while Liu also tested positive for the stimulant Sibutramine. In a statement posted on its website, the IWF said, it in line with the relevant rules and regulations imposed mandatory provisional suspensions upon the athletes, who remain provisionally suspended in view of potential anti-doping rule violations until their cases are closed. The statement further reads the IWF following the IOC’s decisions will be in a position to take over the results management of these cases and it was remarked the relevant decision shall also be published should it be determined in any of the cases that no anti-doping violation was committed. It was also commented that the International Weightlifting Federation will not make any further comments on the cases until they are closed.

The other eight medalists include current world record holder Andrei Rybakou of Belarus, who won silver in 2008, all of whom tested positive for various anabolic steroids. The list of other medalists includes Anastasia Novikova of Belarus, Kazakhstan’s Maria Grabovetskaya and Irina Nekrasova, Russia’s Khadzhimurat Akkaev and Dmitry Lapikov, and Ukraine’s Natalya Davydova, and Olha Korobka. The IWF also revealed four other weightlifters from Beijing 20008 who did not win medals were also named as having failed tests and they include Kazakhstan’s Maiya Maneza and Belarus’ Iryna Kulesha, both of whom won medals in 2012 but not 2008 and are already suspended over retests from 2012.

In June and July, a further 10 lifters who competed at the 2008 Olympics, including five medalists, had already been suspended and the silver medal won by Turkey’s Sibel Ozkan in the women’s 48-kilogram class, has already been stripped.

China now faces a ban of one year from weightlifting over repeated doping cases in a move that threatens to stop some of the top athletes of the world from competing internationally. China is the most dominant country of the world in weightlifting having topped the table at every Olympics since 2000. It won seven medals in Rio de Janeiro this month, five of them gold.

The Chinese Weightlifting Association (CWA) expressed shock at the findings of the re-tests and affirming its strict anti-doping credentials. A statement translated from the CWA website reads we will follow the relevant IWF and IOC requirements to actively cooperate with the investigation and it was further said that people found responsible will not be tolerated and will be severely punished in accordance with law if violations are confirmed.

The International Weightlifting Federation also announced Azerbaijan and Ukraine have joined Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan that were already facing one-year bans under earlier announcements.

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Friday 10, Oct 2014

  Chinese Hammer Throw Champion Stripped Of Gold

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Zhang Wenxiu, women’s hammer throw champion from China, has been stripped of gold medal at the Asian Games after she failed a drugs test.

Zhang’s positive test is the first time that a Chinese athlete has tested positive during an Asian Games since Hiroshima 1994 Games. During 1994 Games, 11 members of the Chinese swimming and cycling teams who won a total of 15 titles between them were disqualified after they failed tests for Dihydrotestosterone.

The 28-year old won her third straight Asian Games title on September 28 by making a Games record of 77.33 meters. According to a statement by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), the pre-competition urine specimen of the Olympic bronze medalist collected on September 26 was found to contain Zeranol and its metabolite (ß-Zeranol), a prohibited substance in the WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency] Prohibited List 2014. Zeranol, a semi-synthetic estrogenic veterinary drug with growth-promoting properties, is a non-specified substance under category S1.2, “Other Anabolic Agents”.

The statement was signed by Dr M Jegathesan, chairman of the OCA Medical Committee and Anti-Doping Commission. It added that the hammer throw champion has been disqualified from the competition as well as these Games and as such his accreditation cancelled and her gold medal has been withdrawn. The statement added these findings will now be forwarded to the competitor’s national authorities, the Asian Athletics Association and the IAAF [International Association of Athletics Federations], and the World Anti-Doping Agency for further action on their part as per sanctions concerning eligibility.

Zhang won the Olympic bronze medal at Beijing 2008 and also won the hammer title at Doha 2006 and Guangzhou 2010. She also won bronze medals at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships at Osaka in 2007, Daegu 2011, and Moscow 2013. Wang Zheng, the compatriot of Zhang, who finished second, is now set to be elevated to gold while Bala Manju of India will now win silver and Masumi Aya of Japan will be promoted to bronze.

Tajikistan footballer Khurshed Beknazarov was the first athlete to be banned during the Incheon 2014 Asian Games. The 20-year-old defender tested positive for Methylhexaneamine, according to an announcement by the Olympic Council of Asia. The adverse urine sample was collected on September 14 shortly after 1-0 victory of Tajikistan over Singapore.

Wushu player Tai Cheau Xuen was then stripped of her Asian Games gold medal after she tested positive for banned drugs. The 22-year-old tested positive for Sibutramine, the banned stimulant (often found in diet and slimming pills) that prompted the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) to take away the gold medal she had won in the nanquan and nandao all-round event. Xuen was disqualified from the Games and her accreditation was canceled. Findings of her positive drug test will be forwarded to the International Wushu Federation, the Wushu Federation of Asia, and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Indonesia’s Juwita Niza Wasni will be promoted to gold and Wei Hong of China will take silver and Ivana Ardelian Irmanto of Indonesia will take the bronze position.

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Tuesday 21, Dec 2010

  Nine-month ban for Adrian Mutu

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Nine-month ban for Adrian MutuThe Fiorentina and former Chelsea striker, Adrian Mutu, has been handed over a ban of nine months after he failed an anti-doping test in January.

The Romania international’s club confirmed the ruling after the case was heard by the Italian anti-doping tribunal.

Mutu’s ban will run until October as he has already spent two months on the sidelines.