Two Polish barbell players were caught doping during the last Olympic Games. The head of Poland’s weightlifting federation resigned following the revelations. One of the athletes, Endri Karina, failed a retest of a previous doping sample during the men’s 94kg event at the London Olympics. Another athlete, Taiwan’s former world record holder Lin Tzu-chi, withdrawn from the women’s 63kg event after two failed tests. The IWF’s “Target” testing was cited in these stories.
Poland’s weightlifting federation’s head resigns
The head of the weightlifting federation in Poland has resigned following the failed drug tests of two athletes. Tomasz Zielinski and Adrian Zielinski were both banned from competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics after testing positive for banned substance nandrolone. Both were part of the Polish Olympic team in 2012.
The decision to remove Pawlikowski has sparked a firestorm of criticism. The suspended lifter had been due to compete in the Rio Olympics, but his team has said he did not perform well in the drug tests. The IWF is now trying to clarify the rules for qualification to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The documentary claims that doping is systematic in weightlifting. Since Ajan became president of the IWF in 2000, there have been more than 700 cases of doping. The documentary states that there are no other sports with so many doping cases. The documentary claims that weightlifting has awarded more than 450 medals since 2008, but 204 of these medal winners did not undergo doping tests before winning. After the film’s release, the IWF executive board has called for an investigation. The investigation is being led by Richard McLaren, who is a Canadian lawyer.
The weightlifting competition was played out under an intense spotlight as a suspected doping scandal spread throughout the weightlifting world. The sport is being scrutinized, with some athletes openly talking about taking small doses of rat poison to help their performances. Ultimately, at least four athletes have tested positive for banned substances, including Kazakhstan’s Nijat Rahimov, who returned from a two-year ban.
Endri Karina failed a retest of his doping sample from the 2012 Olympic men’s weightlifting 94kg event
On Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed that Albanian weightlifter Endri Karina has failed a retest of his dope sample from the 2012 Olympics. The event was one of the dirtiest ever, with six of the top seven competitors disqualified for using performance-enhancing drugs. The results of the initial test showed positive results for steroids and the Albanian has been provisionally suspended. The IOC will decide whether to retroactively disqualify him.
So far, the IOC has reported 55 positives, of which 32 were from Beijing, 23 from London, and two from Rio. That number of positives is six times the amount Cowan had forecast. Of these, nearly a third came from Russia, and many were part of Rodchenkov’s programme.
The retests are necessary to rule out the possibility of doping. The new tests are more sensitive and reliable than the previous test, so the IWF is confident they will find no evidence of doping at the London Games.
Three other men have been provisionally suspended from the Olympic games because of doping violations. Two of them are Olympic champions. Oleksiy Torokhtiy won the 105 kg category in London, while Valentin Hristov, who won the bronze medal in the 56kg event, could also be disqualified. While no one is certain what the consequences of these actions are, it is clear that the IOC must act quickly to ensure that no future cheats are involved.
Taiwan’s former world record holder Lin Tzu-chi withdrawn from the women’s 63kg category
Taiwan’s weightlifting star Lin Tzu-chi has been suspended from the Rio Olympics after failing a doping test. The athlete broke two world records in the women’s 63kg category at the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea and was initially banned for two years by the Taiwan Olympic Committee. However, the World Anti-Doping Agency increased the ban to eight years after she was found to have taken a banned substance.
The suspension comes after Lin failed a doping test prior to the 2010 Asian Games. She defended her actions by saying she had accidentally taken an illegal substance. She was later banned for two years. Sports Administration Director-General Ho Jow-fei expressed regret on Lin’s alleged doping offense and said the athlete would be under close supervision from the International Weightlifting Federation. Lin was sent to Japan for tests.
After Lin Tzu-chi withdrawn from the event before the final, Deng Wei won the gold medal in the women’s 63kg category. The two women were rivals in the women’s 63kg category and the bronze medal was won by Karina Goricheva. Lin was the favorite to win the gold medal in Tuesday’s event, but her name was not on the final entry sheet. Lin’s team did not respond to AFP’s questions regarding the situation.
The weightlifting sport has been hit by a doping scandal, involving several athletes. Two former world record holder Lin Tzu-Chi had to withdraw from the women’s 63kg category following reports of a failed doping test. She was replaced by Choe Hyo-Sim and Karina Goricheva, who each won bronze and silver respectively.
IWF’s “Target” testing
The IWF’s new “Target” testing program of Polish barbell players has sparked an intense debate over drug testing in sport. Some are against the use of steroids by athletes and others are in favor of drug testing. The IWF’s move to include more testing is an important step toward better policing dopers. However, the recent report on 61 positive retests in weightlifting shows that despite four decades of anti-doping efforts, attitudes have not changed. The use of steroids in recreational sport is increasing, and there are also underground laboratories selling them online. The result is a situation similar to that seen in Breaking Bad.
IOC Integrity and Compliance Hotline
The IOC Integrity and Compliance Hotline is a free hotline for people who have information about breaches of the Olympic Movement Code. Breaching this code is prohibited, including betting on sports and sharing inside information. All reports made through the hotline are confidential. The service is available round the clock. If you are a weightlifter and you think someone you know is doping, you can call the hotline and report them anonymously.
In addition, a formal written complaint has been submitted to the Ethics and Compliance Officer of the International Olympic Committee. This complaint alleges violations of Olympic ethics and the rights of the athletes. It was drafted by Safeguard Defenders. It should be considered as a serious matter by the IOC.