Tamas Ajan and Nicu Vlad had been banned for all times for his or her function in a doping cover-up.© AFP
Former Worldwide Weightlifting Federation chiefs Tamas Ajan and Nicu Vlad had been banned for all times on Thursday for his or her function in a doping cover-up. Ajan, an 83-year-old Hungarian, was president of the physique for 20 years earlier than being pressured to resign in April 2020. Romanian Vlad, 58, a former Olympic weightlifting champion, was a vice-president. The Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) stated it acquired requests for arbitration of anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) towards Ajan and Vlad in December 2021 “in relation to their alleged involvement in tampering with the doping management course of and complicity in anti-doping rule violations involving a number of weightlifting athletes over a interval of a few years since 2012”.
Sport’s highest courtroom stated that “given the seriousness of the ADRVs and the size of time over which they had been dedicated, CAS discovered lifetime ineligibility to be the suitable sanction”.
In a press release, the Worldwide Testing Company (ITA) stated the pair had been punished “for overlaying up, delaying and obstructing outcomes administration for sure athletes that dedicated ADRVs”.
The ITA investigated 146 unresolved instances over the 2009-2019 interval and handed on its findings to the World Anti-Doping Company.
The ITA probe discovered “that some IWF and nationwide member federation officers had themselves additionally dedicated ADRVs of complicity and tampering in relation to sure instances”.
Weightlifting stays below shut surveillance by the Worldwide Olympic Committee and its place on the 2024 Paris Olympics programme continues to be not assured.
The game has a tainted Olympic report, representing greater than 1 / 4 of doping instances within the historical past of the Video games.
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