21 weightlifters test positive, provisionally suspended by IWF
Sample B of these 21 lifters has been sent for test by IWF. In case, the sample tests positive then the first-time offenders could face a ban for four years.
Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) on 4 April 2015 provisionally suspended 21 weightlifters after they were tested positive for banned substances. This could be termed as one of the biggest doping scandals in recent years.
The lifters tested positive across different championships, both out-of-competition and in-competition. Maximum of these offenders were caught at the National Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships, which was held in Yamunangar in January 2015.
IWF has sent sample B of these 21 lifters for test. In case, the sample tests positive then the first-time offenders could face a ban for four years.
Earlier on 1 January 2015, the National Anti-Doping Agency has increased the ban period of first time dope offenders to maximum of four years from two.
Beside this, the IWF rules says that in case of two or more doping violations in a 12-month period in tests conducted by the IWF or NADA, a state federation could be suspended from participating in any activities of the IWF for a period of up to two years.