World champion among 4 Russian weightlifters caught doping

May 17, 2016

MOSCOW (AP) Four Russian weightlifters, including a world-record holder, have been banned for doping.

The Russian Weightlifting Federation says Alexei Lovchev, who won a world title in Houston in November, has been banned for four years.

Russian teammates Alexei Kosov and Olga Afanasyeva were also banned for four years, while former European champion Olga Zubova was given an eight-year ban for a second offense.

Zubova, who failed a test at the 2013 world championships, had been competing again at the worlds only one month after her last doping ban expired.


The federation says in a statement that it plans to appeal Lovchev's ban, claiming a mistake in the laboratory analysis, but did not dispute the other sanctions.