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IWF to make decision on eligibility of Russian athletes after consultations with WADA, IOC

July 25, 2016, 21:18 UTC+3

Earlier, Russia’ weightlifting team was stripped of two Olympic quotas over the violation of the anti-doping rules

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GENEVA, July 25. /TASS/. The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) will make a final decision on participation of Russian weightlifters in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio after additional consultations with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the IWF said in a press statement on Monday.

On Sunday, the International Olympic Committee held a meeting of its executive board to discuss possible blanket ban of Russian athletes at the Rio Olympics. The IOC executive committee decided not to ban the Russian team. Individual decisions on Russian athletes have been referred to relevant international federations. Apart from that, the IOC ruled than no Russian athlete who has ever been sanctioned for doping will be allowed to take part in the Rio Olympics, even if they have served the sanction.

Russian weightlifter Tatyana Kashirina, the four-time world champion, falls under this criteria as she was suspended on doping abuse charges in 2006.

"In order to establish the pool of eligible Russian athletes, the IWF contacted the IOC, WADA for further clarification on the implementation of the decision that in some points might lead to confusion," the statement says. "As soon the IWF receives the relevant answers, information and clarification, the IWF Executive Board will issue the final decision on the eligibility of the Russian weightlifters."

Earlier, Russia’ weightlifting team was stripped of two Olympic quotas over the violation of the anti-doping rules. The participation of Russian weightlifters in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil has been thrown into question after the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) announced it would suspend the Russian weightlifting federation for a 12-month period, should the rechecks of doping probes collected at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics provide at least three positive results.

Earlier, sample B probes of Russian female weightlifters Marina Shainova and Nadezhda Evstyukhina, who are the 2008 Olympics silver and bronze medalists respectively, and of Apti Aukhadov taken during the 2012 Olympics tested positive for doping substances.

Alexei 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.

Later, 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 athlete insisted that the permitted preparation ecdisten had been found in his body system.

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