Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has sanctioned 25 weightlifters for anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) to date in 2015, 17 of which tested positive for stanozolol. Eleven of these were the Bulgarian weightlifters who tested positive in March, as reported by the Sports Integrity Initiative. Seven have been issued with a nine-month ban, which will allow them to return to competition in time for the Rio 2016 Olympics, whilst four have been issued with an 18-month ban.
Those issued with an 18-month ban are 2005 European champion Demir Demirev; Ivaylo Filev, who has already served a four-year ban after testing positive for the Beijing 2008 Olympics along with Ivan Markov; and Milka Maneva, who also tested positive ahead of Beijing 2008 and served a four-year ban. Bulgaria withdrew its weightlifting team after ten athletes tested positive for steroids ahead of the Beijing Games.
Other non-Bulgarian weightlifters sanctioned with an ADRV for stanozolol this year have all been issued with a four-year ban or longer, as our table shows. The IWF has been contacted about why the Bulgarians have been issued with shorter bans than other weightlifters who have tested positive for the same substance during the same year.
Seven additional weightlifters recorded an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for prohibited substances during the past month. Malaysian Azril Huzairi Bin Ramli Mohammad returned an AAF for D-methamphetamine, a stimulant prohibited under Section S6 (stimulants) of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List on 19 November.
Two Uzbekistan athletes tested positive for anabolic agents prohibited under section S1.1 of the Prohibited List on 13 November: Shokirjonov Sunnatilla and Gozal Naimova. Sunnatilla returned an AAF for methasterone, while Gozal returned an AAF for stanozolol.
On 6 November, two Indian athletes and one from the Seychelles returned AAFs for stanozolol. They were Pramila Krisani and Minati Sethi of India, and Juliette Ruby Rita Malvina of the Seychelles. On 19 October, Yue Zhou of China returned an AAF for methyltestosterone, an anabolic agent prohibited under section S1.1 of the Prohibited List. All of the athletes have been provisionally suspended whilst the IWF considers if they have committed an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV).
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