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Russian weightlifter says he was punished for using permitted substance ecdisten

June 23, 14:07 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russian weightlifter Alexey Lovchev, the gold medalist of the 2015 World Championships in Houston, was suspended in late December from competitions on suspicion of violating anti-doping regulations
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Alexey Lovchev

Alexey Lovchev

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MOSCOW, June 23. /TASS/. Russian weightlifter Alexey Lovchev who was suspended for four years for doping abuse told TASS on Thursday he would insist in a judicial process that the permitted substance ecdisten had been found in his body system.

Russian weightlifter Lovchev, the gold medalist of the 2015 World Championships in Houston, was suspended in late December from competitions on suspicion of violating anti-doping regulations.

The athlete’s A sample taken during the World Championships in Houston showed the traces of ipamorelin - a substance stimulating growth hormones.

"When we filed a complaint, we requested that an additional analysis of the B sample should be held before hearings, but we were denied this request again. At the same time, two European scientists held an independent experiment with their Russian colleague, which proved that we were right while the Montreal lab had made a mistake," the weightlifter said.

"Several persons under test took the permitted preparation and then samples were taken from them, which showed the same content as my samples had. This is the substance ecdisten, which is permitted and is used by most athletes," Lovchev said.

Ecdisten is a natural preparation extracted from the maral root and is used as a restorative agent.

Lovchev’s B sample opened in Montreal also tested positive. As a result, Lovchev was disqualified by the International Weightlifting Federation for four years. The Russian weightlifter said later he didn’t agree with the suspension and would challenge it in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. The first hearing of the case is scheduled for July 6.

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