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Egypt weightlifters out of world championships after doping ban

/ 08:10 PM September 18, 2019

Egyptian weightlifters have been barred from the world championships which began in Thailand on Wednesday following a doping ban announced by the International Weightlifting Federation.

The Egyptians have been hit with a two-year suspension, starting on September 12.

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The Egyptian federation “has 21 days to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)”, said the IWF in a statement sent to AFP.

“The IWF will not make further comment until this period ends,” said the statement.

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If CAS upholds the ruling, Egypt could also be barred from competing at the Tokyo Olympics next year.

The suspension follows a series of seven positive doping tests for young weightlifters in 2016.

Under IWF rules, any federation with at least three positive controls over a one-year period faces a two-year suspension.

Egypt has been a stronghold for weightlifting over the years, yielding 11 medals, including five gold, out of a total of 31 medals won in the country’s 22 Olympic participations.

Egypt earned two bronze medals at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, thanks to Mohamed Ihab Mahmoud (-77 kg) and Sara Ahmed in the women’s (-69 kg).

Both are medal hopes next summer in Tokyo if the ban is lifted.

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