2 Russian Weightlifters Banned for Doping
MOSCOW (AP) — Two Russian weightlifters have been banned for doping in a further hit to the credibility of both Russian sport and weightlifting ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Former European under-23 champion Alexei Selyutin was banned for four years and Russian national champion Yekaterina Vlasova for 18 months, the Russian anti-doping agency says, citing the Russian weightlifting federation.
The agency did not provide details of the offenses.
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While Selyutin and Vlasova were unlikely to make the Russian team for Rio, their bans are a further blow for Russian weightlifting, which already risks being barred from the Olympics altogether for numerous earlier doping cases.
Weightlifting is also in the grip of a doping crisis after many medalists from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics failed retests of their samples.