Two Romanian weightlifters under the scanner for doping after re-testing of samples from 2012 London Olympics, medal standings could be altered

The results come at a time when the International Weightlifting Federation is itself pressure over alleged doping cover-ups and financial irregularities

The Associated Press January 13, 2020 17:21:53 IST
Two Romanian weightlifters under the scanner for doping after re-testing of samples from 2012 London Olympics, medal standings could be altered
  • The International Weightlifting Federation said Romanians Roxana Cocos and Razvan Martin are suspected of using banned steroids after their 2012 samples were re-tested

  • The IWF said Cocos' sample contained two different banned steroids and Martin's three

  • They join more than 50 other lifters who have failed re-testing from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, which has left the medal standings in weightlifting almost unrecognizable

Two more weightlifters face being stripped of their medals from the 2012 Olympics over doping.

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has said Romanians Roxana Cocos and Razvan Martin are suspected of using banned steroids after their 2012 samples were re-tested using modern technology.

Two Romanian weightlifters under the scanner for doping after retesting of samples from 2012 London Olympics medal standings could be altered

Representational image. Reuters

The IWF said Cocos' sample contained two different banned steroids and Martin's three.

They join more than 50 other lifters who have failed re-testing from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, which has left the medal standings in weightlifting almost unrecognizable compared to the original results.

Cocos is the silver medalist in the women's 69-kilogram category. If she is disqualified, Kazakh lifter Anna Nurmukhambetova would inherit the second place, while Ubaldina Valoyes of Colombia would move up to the bronze spot.

Martin had won bronze in the men's 69kg event, and his medal could pass to North Korean Kim Myong-Hok. Martin's already been banned once for doping from 2013 to 2015.

A Turkish lifter who didn't win a medal, Erol Bilgin, could also be disqualified. He was eighth in the men's 62kg event.

The results come at a time when the IWF is itself under pressure over alleged doping cover-ups and financial irregularities, something the organization denies.

The International Olympic Committee has called for the allegations — first reported by German broadcaster ARD — to be investigated by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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