World champion Lovchev banned over doping test

Published 12/25/2015, 12:26 PM EST


MOSCOW (Reuters) – World champion Alexei Lovchev of Russia has been suspended for failing a doping test, the International Weightlifting Federation said on its website (www.iwf.net) on Thursday.

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The 26-year-old, who is also the 105kg world record holder, was found to have traces of the banned substance Ipamorelin in his ‘A’ sample.

“I think this problem has a political motive,” Lovchev told the All Sport news agency. “All this is very similar to what is happening against Russian sport.

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“I won’t give up. I will take all the necessary anti-doping steps to show I am not guilty and this includes taking a ‘B’ sample.”

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A taskforce from the governing body of world athletics is making a first visit to Russia on Jan. 10-11 to check on progress towards cleaning up the doping scandal that led to the country’s suspension from the sport last month.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has set out a series of steps that Russia must take to be reinstated before the Rio Olympics in August.

The suspension followed a report by an independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency that exposed widespread, systematic state-sponsored doping and related corruption.

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(Reporting by Dmitriy Rogovitskiy; Editing by Tony Jimenez)

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