World champion Marcin Dolega suspended over doping

Poland`s three-time world weightlifting champion Marcin Dolega has been suspended by his federation over suspicions of doping and banned from taking part in next month`s World Championships in Kazakhstan.

World champion Marcin Dolega suspended over doping

Warsaw: Poland`s three-time world weightlifting champion Marcin Dolega has been suspended by his federation over suspicions of doping and banned from taking part in next month`s World Championships in Kazakhstan.

The Polish Weightlifting Federation (PZPC) said in a statement that the 32-year-old had been suspended "due to the suspicion of a violation of the rules" until such time as he provides "a complete explanation of the situation".

The PZPC said the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) had informed Dolega that he provided a slightly high reading for norandrosterone, a metabolite of the anabolic steroid nandrolone, during a tournament in Moscow.

The definitive results will be known in two weeks.

Dolega, world champion at 105kg in 2006, 2009 and 2010, previously failed a doping test in July 2004 as a 22-year-old.

That saw him miss the Olympic Games in Athens later that year.

He has never achieved the same success at the Olympics, with a best finish of fourth in 2008 in Beijing. 

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