The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Thursday
suspended five weightlifters for failing drug tests they took out
of competition at the Athens Games.
The IWF announced in a press release that five weightlifters,
Wafa Amomouri of Morocco, Viktor Chislean of Moldova, Zoltan
Kecskes of Hungary, Kumari Pratima Na of India and Sule Sahbaz of
Turkey have tested positive in out-of-competition doping tests.
The IWF said that all the five weightlifters concerned have been
provisionally suspended according to the IWF anti-doping
The International Olympic Committee welcomed the IWF decision,
praising "the work and determination" of the IWF in its fight
Two of those who were suspended by IWF pulled out just before
walking to the lifting platform.
Among those suspended, Sahbaz had won a European championship in
2002 and a bronze medal in the 75kg at the World Championships in
2003. She finished second at the European Championships in April.
Kecskes had an eighth-place finish in the men's 69kg at the World
Championships in Vancouver in 2003.
Ammouri and Kecskes were to compete on Wednesday, but were
suspended just before their competitions. Kecskes was on the start
list distributed to the media less than an hour before he was to
show up, but he didn't make it.
Normally, suspensions are for two years unless the athlete is a
repeat offender. Earlier this year, 2000 Olympic champion Galabin
Boevski was banned for eight years after he failed a second drug
(Xinhua News Agency August 19, 2004)