Rio 2016: Russian weightlifters suspended from Olympics
22:28, 29 July 2016

Rio 2016: Russian weightlifters suspended from Olympics

Decision is effective as of today

22:28, 29 July 2016

The International Weightlifting Organization (IWF) Executive Board decided today to ban the Russian Weightlifting Federation from participating at Rio Olympic Games 2016, the official website reports.

The IWF Executive Board carefully studied question of the participation of Russian weightlifters in the Olympic Games Rio. The study included the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)’s Independent Person (IP) Report by Prof. Richard McLaren.

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

Tatiana Kashirina’s and Anastasiia Romanova’s nominations were withdrawn by the ROC due to prior anti-doping rule violations.

"We would like to highlight the extremely shocking and disappointing statistics regarding the Russian weightlifters", reads the statement.

Related: Anti-Doping Committees of 14 countries urge IOC to suspend Russian team from the Olympic Games

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