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IWF provisionally suspends five Russian weightlifters over potential doping

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Published on August 14, 2019 - Duration: 00:53s

IWF provisionally suspends five Russian weightlifters over potential doping

Olympics bronze medallist Ruslan Albegov and 2013 women's world champion Tima Turieva among provisional suspensions.

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IWF provisionally suspends five Russian weightlifters over potential doping

SHOWS: LONDON, UK (FILE 2012) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 1.

STILL - RUSSIA'S RUSLAN ALBEGOV REACTS AFTER FAILING A LIFT ATTEMPT AT THE LONDON OLYMPIC GAMES 2.

STILL - ALBEGOV (R) WITH HIS BRONZE MEDAL POSING FOR PICTURES WITH GOLD MEDALLIST BEHDAD SALIMIKORDASIABI AND SILVER MEDALLIST SAJJAD ANOUSHIRAVANI HAMLABAD 3.

STILL - ALBEGOV HOUSTON, TEXAS (FILE 2015) ACTION IMAGES VIA REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 4.

STILL - TIMA TURIEVA COMPETING IN THE INTERNATIONAL WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATION WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 5.

STILL - SILVER MEDALLIST TURIEVA (LEFT) ON THE PODIUM WITH GOLD MEDALLIST WEI DENG AND BRONZE MEDALLIST HYO SIM CHOE 6.

STILL - TURIEVA PARIS, FRANCE (FILE NOVEMBER 2011) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 7.

TWO STILLS - OLEG CHEN COMPETING IN THE MEN'S 69KG WEIGHTLIFTING COMPETITION DURING THE WORLD WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS INTERNET (AUGUST 14, 2019) (IWF WEBSITE - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 8.

INTERNATIONAL WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATION WEBSITE ANNOUNCING THE SUSPENSIONS, READING: "The IWF Opens Disciplinary Proceedings against 5 Athletes on the basis of the Investigations into the Russian doping scheme" STORY: Five Russian weightlifters have been provisionally suspended for potential doping violations based on data retrieved from a Moscow laboratory, the sport's governing body has said.

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) said it suspended the athletes "in view of the severity of the asserted anti-doping rule violations and compelling nature of the evidence" it received from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The five suspended athletes are 2012 Olympics bronze medallist Ruslan Albegov, 2013 women's world champion Tima Turieva, Oleg Chen, David Bedzhanyan and Egor Klimonov.

"The IWF regrets these additional cases of doping in our sport from some years ago," IWF President Tamas Ajan said in a statement.

"We note without any satisfaction that weightlifting was far from the only sport to have been affected by the extensive and historical Russian doping revealed by whistleblowers, the media and WADA.

"We can be satisfied, however, that the IWF has shown once again our determination to protect clean sport and promote clean athletes.

We have not shown any hesitation in taking the right decisions." (Production: Jim Hatley)

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