Published: Sun, January 15, 2017
Research | By Elizabeth Houston

Three female Chinese weightlifters stripped of Olympic golds

Three female Chinese weightlifters stripped of Olympic golds

Also disqualified the same day were Belarus shot-putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk, who was bronze medallist in the women's shot put in Beijing but tested positive for the steroid turinabol. With the two medalists ahead of her now disqualified, Taiwan's Chen Wei-ling, the bronze medalist in the women's 48-kilogram class, could receive a gold medal as long as passes the re-analysis.

Liu Chunhong (69kg category), Cao Lei (75kg) and Chen Xiexia (48kg) have all tested positive for Human Growth Hormone-releasing peptide GHRP-2 and now lose the gold medals they claimed in Beijing.

All three gold medalists tested positive for the prohibited substances GHRP-2 - a human growth hormone - and metabolite (GHRP-2 M2) while Liu Chunhong also tested positive for sibutramine, the International Olympic Committee said in an announcement on Thursday.

China faces a ban from global weightlifting competition after three of its athletes failed doping tests.

Three Chinese weightlifters have had their Beijing Olympic Games gold medals stripped from them after they tested positive for banned substances.

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Now, it seems likely that China will face a the one-year ban from IWF-sanctioned competition.

Economic Times reports that eight athletes were disqualified on Thursday alone as part of retests of samples.

Chunhong was also the gold medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

While Russia is the nation with the most cases, weightlifting is the sport with the most, racking up 38 separate cases. Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russian Federation are now facing one-year bans from competition after each accruing three or more positive retests.

The IOC recorded more than 100 positive tests across numerous sports from the Beijing and London retesting program, and more cases are expected.

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