Russia Doping Scandal: Russian weightlifters banned from Rio Olympics

11:20 Jul. 30, 2016

Russian weightlifters banned from Rio Olympics

Andrey Demanov of Russia celebrates during the Men's 94kg Weightlifting final on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games (Getty Images)

International Weightlifting Federation said the use of doping by Russian sportsmen damaged reputation of the athletic discipline

The International Weightlifting Federation has decided to ban the athletes of the Russian Weightlifting Federation from participating at Rio Olympic Games 2016.

Explaining its decision, the IWF said in a statement the doping statistics regarding the Russian weightlifters turned out to be "extremely shocking and disappointing"

"The integrity of the weightlifting sport has been seriously damaged on multiple times and levels by the Russians, therefore an appropriate sanction was applied in order to preserve the status of the sport," the statement said.

Eight athletes were nominated by the Russian Olympic Committee to compete in the Rio Olympic Games weightlifting events.


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