Weightlifters who have been disqualified from podium positions at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games for testing positive could damage their countries’ future prospects if they fail to return the medals as part of the sport's new anti-doping policy.
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The Italian candidate Antonio Urso has made one last push in his campaign to be elected President of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) by setting out his plans for a new system of Olympic qualification, based on individual rather than national performance.
International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) President Tamas Ajan, the Hungarian who has been in key roles at the governing body for more than 40 years, says he still has the energy and vitality to take the sport through a challenging period of change over the next four years.
The delay in imposing bans against nine nations who are among the worst doping cheats in weightlifting will stretch beyond a year.
Two of the men aiming to unseat the most powerful figure in world weightlifting want the sport’s governing body to give control of its anti-doping programme to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
At a time when the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) is planning to introduce tougher sanctions against doping cheats, Russia is appealing for leniency from the sport’s governing body in attempting to have a one-year ban overturned.
The biggest star of the show duly delivered when Lasha Talakhadze easily added the European Under-23 super-heavyweight title to a list of achievements that includes Olympic and World Championship gold, and a world record.
Russia won three European Junior and Under-23 weightlifting titles here in Eilat, taking their tally for the week to eight - but their efforts paled into insignificance alongside the further blackening of Russian weightlifting’s reputation through the latest revelations in the McLaren Report.
Freyja Olafsdotttir, a 20-year-old from Reykjavik, was never going to challenge for a place on the podium on a day when Ukraine won three European junior titles, but she won the popularity contest in Eilat – and recent happenings in Iceland have been one of the big talking points of the week among coaches and officials here.
Romanian and Russian give rivals the elbow at European Junior and Under-23 Weightlifting Championships
Two weightlifters who suffered elbow injuries at the World Championships and Olympic Games took gold on day four of the European Junior and Under-23 Championships here in Eilat.
A lifetime-best performance by the 18-year-old Latvian Rebekah Koha earned her a second European junior title and continued her progression in what should be an illustrious weightlifting career at the European Junior and Under-23 Championships here.
On a glorious day for Italy at the European Junior and Under-23 Championships a policeman from Sicily won his seventh European title since 2011 and strengthened his home town’s claim to be the undisputed champion city of world weightlifting.
Bulgaria make early impression at European Junior Weightlifting Championships but small piece of history for Norway
Stilyan Grozdev, a 17-year-old Bulgarian, broke two records as former Soviet Bloc countries won all four overall gold medals on day one of the European Junior Weightlifting Championships here.
Europe’s highest-ranking weightlifting administrator says the sport needs to make fundamental changes to its culture, its rules and the way competitions are presented.
The difference between the highest and lowest totals lifted by the men’s super-heavyweights at the European Under-23 Championships could be 150 kilograms – because the world record holder and reigning Olympic champion will be competing.