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Australian weightlifter banned for life after second positive test

Australian weightlifter banned for life after second positive test

Australian world champion weightlifter Sergo Chakhoyan has been banned from the sport for life after a second positive test for a banned substance, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) said Thursday.
Armenian-born Chakhoyan, 37, tested positive for the stimulant benzylpiperazine, or BZP, while competing at the 2005 Commonwealth, Oceania and South Pacific weightlifting championships in Melbourne, ASADA chairman Richard Ings said.
He was previously banned for two years in 2001 after testing positive to the anabolic steroid, stanozolol during the Goodwill Games in Brisbane. Under the world anti-doping code, a second offense brings an automatic life ban.
Ings said ASADA had launched an investigation into Australian weightlifting after a series of positive tests, including Chakhoyan's. The 2003 world champion joins Coran Hocking, Jenna Myers and Camilla Fogagnolo as Australian weightlifters banned for the use of BZP, Ings said.
Chakhoyan won gold medals at the 1994 and 2003 world championships and competed in the light heavyweight class at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic games.
Ings said Chakhoyan's results at the Commonwealth, Oceania and South Pacific championship had been expunged from the record and he had been ordered to repay athlete support funding received from the Australian Sports Commission.
Formerly the world's top lifter in the 85-kilogram class, Chakhoyan was stripped of three gold medals after his positive test at the Goodwill Games.


Updated : 2021-10-16 06:30 GMT+08:00