Weightlifters fail doping tests

The Olympic weightlifting competition has been hit by three new
doping cases on the eve of the games after two Turks and an
Albanian tested positive for banned substances.

Hasan Akkus, head of the Turkish Weightlifting Federation, told
Turkish TRT television that Fatih Baydar and Ibrahim Arat were
taken off the team after failing recent doping tests.

The Albanian Olympic Committee said Friday it dropped Hysen
Pulaku from its team after he tested positive for a banned
substance on Wednesday.

Poland’s Marzena Karpinska and Lithuania’s Aurimas Didzbalis are
also out amid doping suspicions, while former Olympic champion
Taylan Nurcan of Turkey and Liao Hui of China, the 2008 Olympic
champion in the men’s 69-kilogram class, are serving doping
bans.