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July 18, 2006
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The Disqualification Threat
The Weightlifting Federation of Russia has suffered another loss. Yevgeny Pisarev, the 17-year super-weightlifter from Nevinnomyssk, has been disqualified for doping following Dmitry Berestov, the Olympic champion in the weight category of up to 105kg.
Both drug tests that the World Anti-Doping Agency took from Russias junior Yevgeny Pisarev showed chlortalidon, which apart from being diuretic is used to camouflage anabolic agents, news media reported. The result will keep the weightlifter out of competitions for two years.

Moreover, the sources say the A-test of another weightlifter was positive and the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has notified the Weightlifting Federation of Russia about it. The positive result of B-test will disqualify the third Russian this year. Under the IWF regulations, it will lead to disqualification of the national Federation and to a fine of at least $30,000. Should it happen, Russias weightlifters wont compete at the qualification tournaments held in 2007 and 2008 before the Olympic Games.

Another shot, and the end to all of us, said a titled weightlifter on condition of anonymity, two years of disqualification, and the Russian weight wont go up for many years. It will never go up, perhaps.
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