The Thai weightlifters were caught when The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) carried out extra tests at the Turkmenistan competition last November when the South-east Asians completed second behind China in the medal count. Fans from all over the world can buy Olympic 2020 Weightlifting Tickets online.
More than half of the 600 athletes were tested but they came back negative. The positives were bared after further analysis at the Cologne anti-doping laboratory in Germany by using the worldliest available technique.
Any nation with 3 or more positives in a calendar year faces a ban of up to four years and Thailand at the World Championships has two further doping cases yet to be resolved since December 2017. Thailand is set to the host of the 2019 IWF World Championships but if suspended would have to withdraw.
The IWF said in a statement that it had suspended nine countries for repeated doping offenses and it will not hesitate to do the same again. The decision will rest with a new authorize panel comprising anti-doping experts and lawyers from the United States, Canada, Germany, and New Zealand.
Thailand’s first 2 positives were announced on Dec 23. The women of super-heavyweight bronze medalist Duanganksnorn Chaidee and 17-year- old Teerapat Chomchuen the only men among the six.
IWF announced the other four names on Wednesday are Olympic gold medalists Sopita Tanasan (48kg) and Sukanya Srisurat (58kg) plus Thunya Sukcharoen and Chitchanok Pulsabsakul. Sukanya and Chitchanok were among seven Thai teen girls who were banned two years after being caught up in a 2011 doping scandal.
Thailand Amateur Weightlifting Federation (TAWA) celebrated its 60th anniversary with a visit to the IWF headquarters in Budapest where its president Boossaba Yodbangtoey spoke of the great strides made by the sport. The general secretary of the Asian federation Mr. Boossaba also was not available for comment.
TAWA said in a statement on social media that it was “greatly surprised and confused” by the new positives, and an internal inquiry had been launched. If it is found there are wrongdoers, they will be punished.”
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