Ex-Weightlifting Chiefs Banned For Life Over Doping Cover-Up

By H.JanGra June 16, 2022

Former International Weightlifting Federation chiefs Tamas Ajan and Nicu Vlad were banned for life on Thursday for their role in a doping cover-up

Ajan, an 83-year-old Hungarian, was president of the body for 20 years before being forced to resign in April 2020

Romanian Vlad, 58, a former Olympic weightlifting champion, was a vice-president.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said it received requests for arbitration of anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) against Ajan and Vlad in December 2021

In relation to their alleged involvement in tampering with the doping control process and complicity in anti-doping rule violations involving multiple weightlifting athletes 

Weightlifting remains under close surveillance by the International Olympic Committee and its place on the 2024 Paris Olympics programme is still not guaranteed.

The sport has a tainted Olympic record, representing more than a quarter of doping cases in the history of the Games.