Rus­sian weightlifter Al­be­gov sus­pended: IWF

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MOSCOW (Reuters) — Rus­sian Olympic weightlifter Rus­lan Al­be­gov has been sus­pended for hav­ing po­ten­tially vi­o­lated anti-dop­ing rules, the In­ter­na­tional Weightlift­ing Fed­er­a­tion (IWF) said on Mon­day.

The IWF said Al­be­gov, who won bronze at the 2012 Lon­don Games in the men’s +105 kg event, was pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended for “use or at­tempted use by an ath­lete of a pro­hib­ited sub­stance or a pro­hib­ited method”, with­out pro­vid­ing fur­ther de­tail.

Rus­sia is one of nine coun­tries cur­rently on a one-year ban from in­ter­na­tional weightlift­ing com­pe­ti­tions over dop­ing at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Other banned na­tions in­clude China, Turkey and Ukraine.

The IWF last year barred Rus­sia’s weightlift­ing team from the Rio Olympics over re­peated dop­ing of­fences.

Rus­sia’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in next year’s win­ter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, is now in limbo over in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) on the al­leged tam­per­ing of Rus­sian ath­letes’ sam­ples by lab­o­ra­tory and se­cu­rity of­fi­cials at the 2014 Sochi Games.

Six Rus­sian cross-coun­try skiers were banned for life from the Olympics this month as part of an IOC in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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