Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has provisionally suspended four weightlifters after they returned adverse analytical findings (AAFs). ‘The IWF reports that the sample of Mr. SPAC, Alexandr (MDA) has returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (S1.1 Anabolic Agents)’, read an IWF statement. ‘As a consequence, the Athlete is provisionally suspended in view of a potential anti-doping rule violation’.
Alexandru Șpac finished 11th in the -77kg category at the 2017 European Weightlifting Championships in Split, Croatia, last month. The Moldovan has already lost a silver medal from the 2012 European Championships after being sanctioned with a two-year ban due to an AAF for stanozolol and methyltestosterone. He returned to competition following the end of his ban on 11 April 2015 and if convicted of an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV), faces a potential life ban.
A second Moldovan, Lurie Dudoglo, returned an AAF for the same substance, reported the IWF. If convicted of an ADRV, Dudoglo stands to lose the silver medal he won in the -56kg category at the 2017 European Championships.
The IWF also reported that two promising young weightlifters had also returned AAFs. Viktor Karchenko of Russia reported an AAF, also for Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone, sometimes known by its brand name of turinabol. Sushila Panwar of India reported an AAF for meldonium. The addition of the anti-ischemic drug to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) 2016 Prohibited List caused a number of issues for athletes.
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