Doping-tainted weightlifting must reform or risk 2024

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has made it clear that weightlifting will have to prove it is doping-free or risk losing its spot for the Paris 2024 Games.

In July, the IOC had already told the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) to provide a report by December describing how it plans to tackle the issue of doping in the sport.

Post December, the IOC and the World Anti-Doping Agency will be monitoring to ensure that the changes have been made to their satisfaction.

The IOC President Thomas Bach made it crystal clear at the body’s session meeting in Lima that if the sport is declared non-compliant with the WADA code, then the situation might be different with regards to Paris 2024.

“This is the idea behind this formula concerning weightlifting, that the decision to include them (for Paris) is subject to the compliance with the WADA code.”

Out of the total 106 positive tests emerged from the re-tests conducted by the IOC in the past two years of samples from the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London games, about half of them came from weightlifters.

Along with athletics, the sport represented more than 80 percent of the positive cases from the re-tests, informed IOC member Denis Oswald.

The IWF banned Russia from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro for “bringing weightlifting into disrepute”, now several other countries are facing potential bans after a series of positive tests.

Sources – Reuters, India Today

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Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins retires from cycling

Five- time Olympic Champion and Britain’s Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins bids adieu to his illustrious professional cycling career at the age of 36. The sports star said that he has fulfilled his childhood dream to make it big in the arena of sports.

In a heartfelt message posted on Facebook, the star thanked the British public for all the support and love they showered on him throughout his career along with the photos of his medals and trophies that he earned through his perseverance.

He made headlines in August when he clinched gold for the fifth time in Olympics in Rio which was incidentally his eighth Olympics medal. He won eight titles and set world record at the London Olympic velodrome, at 54.526km.

Although he is one of the most beloved sports star of Britain, he has had his own share of controversies. Back in September, 2016, he was one of the GB athletes whose medical records were leaked by a Russian hacker group Fancy Bears. He soon came under fire when his records exposed his usage of therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs).  His reputation was marred when it was revealed that he was on steroids prior to three of his historic races including the Tour de France race in 2012.

He was also caught by the UK Anti-doping investigation when a mysterious package was delivered to him on the final day of the 2011 Críterium du Dauphiné. Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Sky’s principal said that the medicine was a harmless decongestant. Even after three months of investigation, UKAD has still not verified the veracity of the matter.

“2012 blew my mind and was a gas. Cycling has given me everything and I couldn’t have done it without the support of my wonderful wife Cath and our amazing kids.” said his signing off message.

Sources: BBC, The Telegraph