Russian Weightlifters Banned for Doping Ahead of Rio Olympics

Russia suffered another setback as two of their weightlifters were handed bans for doping ahead of Rio Olympics. 

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Two Russian weightlifters have been banned for doping, in a further hit to the credibility of both Russian sport and weightlifting ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Former European under-23 champion, Alexei Selyutin was banned for four years and Russian national champion Yekaterina Vlasova for 18 months, the Russian anti-doping agency says, citing the Russian weightlifting federation.

While Selyutin and Vlasova were unlikely to make the Russian team for Rio, their bans are a further blow for Russian weightlifting, which already risks being barred from the Olympics altogether for numerous earlier doping cases.

Weightlifting is also in the grip of a global doping crisis after many medallists from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics failed retests of their samples.

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