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Russian lifters banned

Russian lifters banned
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The integrity of the weightlifting sport has been seriously damaged on multiple times and levels by the Russians,  therefore an appropriate sanction was applied in order to preserve the status of the sport,” said a statement by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).

Paris: Russia's eight-strong Olympic Games weightlifting team was banned from the Rio Games in the latest doping-related blow to the sporting powerhouse.

The integrity of the weightlifting sport has been seriously damaged on multiple times and levels by the Russians, therefore an appropriate sanction was applied in order to preserve the status of the sport,” said a statement by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).

There are now 117 Russian competitors banned from the Games -- including 67 track and field athletes -- from the 387 initially nominated by the Russian Olympic Committee.

The eight weightlifters originally selected were Oleg Chen, Adam Maligov, Ruslan Albegov, David Bedzhanyan and Artem Okulov in the men's competition and Tatiana Kashirina, Tima Turieva and Anastasia Romanova in the women's.

Okulov is a world champion while at the London Games in 2012, Albegov claimed a bronze medal and Kashirina took home a silver.
Kashirina and Romanova both had their nominations withdrawn by the Russian Olympic Committee due to prior anti-doping rule violations, added the IWF statement.

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