In what could be termed as one of the biggest doping scandals in recent years, as many as 21 weightlifters have been provisionally suspended by the Indian Weightlifting Federation after testing positive for banned substances.
Weightlifter Jimjang Deru of Arunachal Pradesh created a national record by lifting 238 kgs in the under 56 kg category at the 10th Youth National Weightlifting Championship held in Yamuna Nagar, Haryana.
There is not much to show in terms of stellar performances but the fact that Indian weightlifters managed to bury the ghost of doping, which has haunted them for long, was no less an achievement in what can easily be considered a good year for the sport.
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.
Admitting that Indian Weightlifting was known for doping in the recent past, national federation president Birendra Prasad Baishya today said the spectacular show by lifters in the Commonwealth Games here would bring a change in the perception towards the sport in the country.
Nigerian teenage weightlifter Chika Amalaha has been provisionally suspended from the Commonwealth Games after testing positive in a doping test taken after she won gold in the women`s 53kg category, the Commonwealth Games Federation announced Tuesday.
Indian weightlifter Satish Sivalingam scripted history in just his debut Commonwealth Games, breaking the Games record en route to a gold medal, while compatriot Ravi Katulu took the silver in the men`s 77kg event.
Competing in a higher weight category, Commonwealth Games gold medallist K Ravi Kumar was today pushed to second place by S Sathish Kumar of Railways in men`s 77kg in the 66th Men and 29th Women Senior National Weightlifting Championships here on Monday.