Russian fed contacts IWF over Lovchev case

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MOSCOW: Russia’s weightlifting ruling body have taken up world champion Aleksey Lovchev’s doping case with the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), it said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). “We’ve sent an official inquiry about the testing of Lovchev’s B sample and an independent hearing of his case to IWF,” the federation’s vice-president Alexander Petrov told R-Sport agency. Lovchev, 26, who won gold in the +105kg category at the world championships in Houston last month, tested positive for the banned growth hormone Ipamorelin. He claims he had permission to use a medicine to ease pain from a knee injury he was suffering at the time of the tournament where he broke the clean-and-jerk and total world records. The IWF has provisionally suspended Lovchev for “violation of anti-doping regulations”. Lovchev denies any wrongdoing saying he was innocent. He told Russian television station Match he was in a state of “absolute shock.”

AFP

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