Russian weight lifter Lovchev banned for 4 years for doping

Reuters News
Posted: May 17, 2016 6:54 AM

By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian world weightlifting champion Alexei Lovchev has been banned by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) for four years after he failed a doping test.

The 26-year-old, who is also the 105kg world record holder, was found to have traces of the growth hormone Ipamorelin in his 'A' sample - a urine sample - and was provisionally suspended on December 24.

"Yesterday evening, I received a letter from the international federation regarding my four-year disqualification," Lovchev told the TASS news agency on Tuesday.

"I don't agree with this decision. Together with my lawyers, I will fight this verdict at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. We have all the grounds in order to do this," he added.

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Russia was suspended from world athletics last year after a doping investigation exposed widespread cheating and corruption.

(Reporting By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy, editing by Larry King)