Baku, May 18, AZERTAC
Three Russian weightlifters were issued suspensions of up to eight years after they had been found guilty of performance enhancing drugs abuse, a senior official with the Russian Weightlifting Federation (RWF) told TASS.
Aleksey Kosov (under 94 kg category) and Olga Afaniasieva (under 69 kg category) were each handed by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) suspension terms of four years, while Olga Zubova (under 75 kg category) was disqualified for eight years.
"Kosov and Afanasieva were handed a four-year suspension, while Zubova received an eight-year ban because she violated anti-doping regulations for the second time," RWF Vice President Alexander Petrov said in an interview with TASS.
According to reports earlier in the day, Russian weightlifter Aleksey Lovchev, the gold medalist of the 2015 World Championships in Houston, had been also suspended by the IWF for four years over violations of anti-doping regulations.