The Sports Examiner

THE BIG PICTURE: Seven more Russian weightlifters suspended for suspected doping by IWF

The International Weightlifting Federation announced its second batch of provisional suspensions this week of Russian weightlifters who competed between 2006 and 2017, for violations of the federation’s anti-doping code.

Like the five suspended previously on Monday, all were charged with violations of “Article 2.2 of the IWF Anti-Doping Policy” which is for “Use or Attempted Use by an Athlete of a Prohibited Substance or a Prohibited Method.”

The seven new cases include six who won international medals and two already-disqualified Olympic medal winners:

● Dmitriy Lapikov:
-105 kg: 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, disqualified for doping in 2016; he previously tested positive at the 2011 European Championships and was suspended. He won silver medals at the 2006 and 2009 World Championships.

● Chingiz Mogushkov:
+105 kg: 2015 European Championships bronze medalist.

● Adam Maligov:
-85 kg: 2014 European Championships silver medalist;
-94 kg: 2017 European Championships gold medalist.

● Magomed Abuev
+105 kg: 2012 World Junior Champion and European Junior Champion

● Maksim Sheyko:
-105 kg: 2012-13 European Championships silver medalist

● Nadezhda Evstyukhina:
-75 kg: 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, disqualified for doping in 2016;
-75 kg: Six-time World Championships medalist from 2006-14, including 2011-13-14 golds

● Yuliya Konovalova:
+75 kg: Fifth at the 2014 World Championships

These are cases based, once again, on evidence originally submitted by Canadian Prof. Richard McLaren in his 2016 reports and information gleaned by the World Anti-Doping Agency from its review of data and samples retrieved from the Moscow Laboratory of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency earlier this year.

The IWF is not the only one in the suspension business in Russian weightlifting. The Russian Weightlifting Federation announced last Tuesday an eight-year ban on 2017 European 90 kg winner and 2019 87 kg silver medalist Diana Mstiyeva. She was caught in an out-of-competition test in May and earned the long suspension because of a prior drug suspensions from 2014-16.

That’s 13 suspensions in a week!

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