Trio of Chinese gold medalists among 15 weightlifters suspended for doping

Kyrgyzstan’s Izzat Artykov was the very first athlete to be removed of the medal in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic games, losing his bronze in men’s weightlifting after testing positive for strychnine a week ago.

The IWF suspended ten more weightlifters from the 2008 Beijing Games, five who were medalists, during earlier retests, and Turkey’s Sibel Ozkan continues to be removed of her 48-kilogram silver medal, per the AP. None of Team USA’s six weightlifters carried out in the very best five associated with a weight class in 2008.

China centered female weightlifting in the 2008 Beijing Olympic games, recording four from the sport’s seven gold medals, but three of individuals champions — Cao Lei, Chen Xiexia and Liu Chunhong — all examined positive for hormone growth stimulant GHRP-2, based on the IWF, via the Connected Press.

China again brought the medal count in weightlifting only at that summer’s Olympics, recording five golds and 7 overall. Kazakhstan and Belarus combined for seven weightlifting medals in Rio de Janeiro. Russian weightlifters were banned in the Rio Olympic games because of condition-backed doping charges.

Carrying out a retest of samples in the 2008 Summer Games, the Worldwide Weightlifting Federation published the names of 15 competitors who examined positive for banned substances, including three Olympic champions and eight other people who might be removed of the medals.

Men’s 85 kg: Two-time silver medalist and world record-holder Andrei Rybakou of Belarus
Men’s 94 kg: Bronze medalist Khadzhimurat Akkayev of Russia (also silver medalist in 2004)
Men’s 105 kg: Bronze medalist Dmitry Lapikov of Russia

[Related: The very first Rio de Janeiro Olympian continues to be removed of the medal for doping]

Eight other medalists in the 2008 Summer time Olympic games retested positive for anabolic anabolic steroids:

All 11 might be removed of the medals, pending an Worldwide Olympic Committee ruling. All of them remain suspended because the IWF reviews each situation, along with four others whose 2008 retests emerged positive, including 2012 Olympic medalists Iryna Kulesha of Belarus and Maiya Maneza of Kazakhstan.

Women’s 53 kg: Bronze medalist Anastasia Novikova of Belarus
Women’s 63 kg: Silver medalist Irina Nekrasova of Kazakhstan
Women’s 69 kg: Bronze medalist Natalya Davydova of Ukraine
Women’s 75 kg: Bronze medalist Mariya Grabovetskaya of Kazakhstan
Women’s +75 kg: Silver medalist Olha Korobka of Ukraine

Liu, who also won the 69-kilogram weight class at the 2004 Athens Olympic games, tested positive for that stimulant sibutramine too. She set three world records during her Olympic performance in 2008.

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