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International Weightlifting Federation Suspends World Champion Aleksei Lovchev

Updated: 25 December 2015 18:53 IST

Aleksei Lovchev tested positive for a banned substance after the world championships in Houston, where he broke the clean-and-jerk and total world records on his way to the overall title in the 105 kilogram-plus category.

International Weightlifting Federation Suspends World Champion Aleksei Lovchev
Aleksei Lovchev of Russia was provisionally suspended after failing a drug test. © AP

World champion weightlifter Aleksei Lovchev has been provisionally suspended after failing a drug test, the International Weightlifting Federation said Thursday. (Read More From Weightlifting)

The Russian tested positive for a banned substance after last month's world championships in Houston, where he broke the clean-and-jerk and total world records on his way to the overall title in the 105 kilogram-plus category.

Russia's sports minister Vitaly Mutko claimed the banned substance, the growth hormone ipamorelin, was in a medicine he had been cleared to use.

The IWF said Lovchev's compatriots Aleksei Kosov, Olga Zubova and Olga Afanaseva also failed tests.

Three other medalists - North Korea's Kim Kwang-song and Kazakhstan's Almas Uteshov and Zhassulan Kyrdyrbayev - were among 24 adverse findings from the competition, the IWF reported.

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