Weightlifting world champion Lovchev banned over doping test

  • Reuters, Moscow
  • Updated: Dec 25, 2015 17:12 IST
Aleksei Lovchev of Russia celebrates a lift in the men's +105kg weight class during the 2015 International Weightlifting Federation World Championships at the George R. Brown Convention Center on November 28. (AFP Photo)

The International Weightlifting Federation announced on Thursday that world champion Alexei Lovchev was suspended from competing after failing a dope test.

The 26-year old world record holder was found to have traces of the banned substance Ipamorelin in his ‘A’ sample.

“I think this problem has a political motive,” Lovchev told the All Sport news agency. “All this is very similar to what is happening against Russian sport.

“I won’t give up. I will take all the necessary anti-doping steps to show I am not guilty and this includes taking a ‘B’ sample.”

A task force from the governing body of world athletics is making a first visit to Russia on January 10-11 to check on progress towards cleaning up the doping scandal that led to the country’s suspension from the sport last month.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has set out a series of steps that Russia must take to be reinstated before the Rio Olympics in August.

The suspension followed a report by an independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency that exposed widespread, systematic state-sponsored doping and related corruption.

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