Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Olympic gold medalist among 13 lifters in doping case

Lausanne, Switzerland (NWN) — Russian Olympic gold medalist Oksana Slivenko is one of 13 European weightlifters facing fresh doping charges ahead of the 2012 London Games.

The cases follow the European Championships in April 2012, four months before the Olympics, and the re-testing of ITA’s older samples using modern methods. Of the 13 lifters from eight countries, 11 won medals at the event held in Turkey. All of them are temporarily suspended till their cases are resolved.

Eight lifters have already been banned for breaking doping rules at some stage in their careers. Most have retired.

These include Slivenko, who was a gold medalist at the 2008 Olympics and easily won the gold medal at the 2012 European Championships. She withdrew shortly before the London Olympics citing injury.

Slivenco already has a doping-related ban from 2018 to 2020. The International Weightlifting Federation said in March that it was also accused in a separate doping case related to data from a closed Moscow drug-testing laboratory.

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Any lifter who doped at the 2012 European Championships could also be disqualified from that year’s Olympics, but this would not affect the medals. Of the 13 lifters charged by the ITA, only two London Olympic medalists, Cristina Iovu of Moldova and Razvan Martin of Romania, have already been stripped of those medals for other doping offences.

ITA is trying to clear up suspected history of steroid use in weightlifting after an investigation Last year former IWF president Tamas Ajan presided over a system that covered doping cases and accounted for no more than $10 million.

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