18th November 2021

The ITA asserts 13 rule violations against weightlifters following a re-analysis campaign of 2012 samples

• The International Testing Agency (ITA), leading an independent anti-doping program for the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), asserts anti-doping rule violations against 13 weightlifters after the reanalysis of samples collected in 2012.

In the scope of the work carried out by the ITA on the series of allegations of mishandling of anti-doping matters by the International Weightlifting Federation (“IWF”) over the 2009-2019 period, the ITA ordered further analysis on samples provided by weightlifters during the 2012 IWF European Championships in Antalya, Turkey, held in April 2012. The samples had initially been reported as “negative” back in 2012, but thanks to the improvements in the detection methods, the ITA requested their re-analysis in 2021 which identified several banned anabolic steroids. The further analyses were conducted by the WADA-accredited laboratory of Cologne.

The ITA can report that it has notified 13 weightlifters of adverse analytical findings for one or multiple prohibited anabolic steroids detected in their respective samples provided in April 2012:

Hysen Pulaku (Albania)
Hanna Batsiushka (Belarus)
Dimitris Minasidis (Cyprus)
Irakli Turmanidze (Georgia)
Rauli Tsirekidze (Georgia)
Cristina Iovu (Moldova)
Florin Ionut Croitoru (Romania)
Razvan Constantin Martin (Romania)
Oxana Slivenko (Russia)
Gokhan Kilic (Turkey)
Bunyami Sezer (Turkey)
Hatice Yilmaz (Turkey)
Fatih Baydar (Turkey)

The weightlifters have been provisionally suspended until the resolution of the affair. The weightlifters have the right to ask for their respective B-sample analysis.

Pursuant to the IWF’s delegation of its anti-doping program to the ITA, the prosecution of these cases is being handled entirely by the ITA. Given that the cases are underway, there will be no further comments during the ongoing proceedings.

• This media release was published by the International Testing Agency (ITA) on 18 November 2021. Click here for the original.

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