Weightlifting: Five Russian suspended over alleged doping

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WeightliftingFive Russian weightlifters were temporarily suspended after being accused of doping by the International Weightlifting Federation, including an Olympic bronze medalist.

31 year-old Ruslan Albegov, took bronze in London 2012, while the 2013 women’s world champion Tima Turieva, David Bedzhanyan, Oleg Chen and Egor Klimonov were suspended as well.

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The governing body said the “compelling nature of the evidence” from the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) had led to the suspension.

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Wada identified a “target pool” of almost 300 athletes across various sports with the “most suspicious” samples taken from the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s laboratory in Moscow.

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IWF President Tamas Ajan said: “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.

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

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