CAS confirms Four-Year ban to ‘World’s strongest man’ Lovchev for doping

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In a verdict by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) related to doping, the Arbitration Authority for sports has dismissed the appeal filed by the Russian weightlifter Alexei Lovchev to overturn his four- year ban.

Earlier, the “World’s strongest man”, as he is often called as, the Russian Weightlifter Lovchev, serving a four-year doping suspension, had said he would insist in a judicial process that the permitted substance ecdisten had been found in his body.

The weightlifter had failed for growth hormone enhancer ipamorelin following his over 105 kg victory at 2015 version of World Championships Weightlifting in Houston.

The weightlifter had appealed against a decision issued by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) on 13 May 2016 in which a four-year period of ineligibility was imposed on the athlete.

In the decision taken by the International Weightlifting Federation, his results at the 2015 Housten IWF World Championships were cancelled, further to an anti-doping rule infraction (positive anti-doping test for ipamorelin, a growth hormone releasing peptide) as per the rules.

Following that decision is today a confirmation by CAS which means that the weightlifter will not be a part of 2016 version of Summer Games, other than the restrictions as per rules against doping. The Russian Alexei Lovchev had filed an appeal at the CAS on 1 June 2016 seeking to obtain an annulment of the IWF decision. The Panel of CAS arbitrators appointed to decide the matter held a hearing at the CAS Court Office on 6 July 2016 and has notified its decision to the parties today. The full award with the grounds will follow at a later date.

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