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Russian Weightlifting Federation head submits letter of resignation

September 15, 15:39 UTC+3
Maxim Agapitov will become the acting president of the Russian Weightlifting Federation
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Sergei Syrtsov

Sergei Syrtsov

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MOSCOW, September 15. /TASS/. Sergei Syrtsov, the president of the Russian Weightlifting Federation (RWF) told TASS on Thursday that he submitted a letter of resignation.

"I have applied for the resignation and Maxim Agapitov will be the acting president," Syrtsov said in an interview with TASS. 

"My reasons? Somebody must be held responsible for what had happened and this is what I have done," Syrtsov, who held the post of the RWF president since 2010, added.

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) announced on July 29 its decision to ban the whole Russian weightlifting team from the 2016 Olympic Games, held last month in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, due to confirmed Adverse Analytical Findings (AAF) in reanalyzed doping samples of seven Russian athletes from the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, hosted by Beijing and London respectively.

According to the IWF, a total of seven confirmed AAFs for Russian weightlifters from the combined reanalysis process of London and Beijing.

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