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Romania out of Tokyo Games after year-long doping ban

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Romanian Gabriel Sincraian competes during the men’s 85 kg weightlifting event during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 12, 2016. (POOL / POOL / AFP Photo)

Romania cannot participate in the weightlifting event at the Tokyo Olympics after the country’s governing body (FRH) received a one-year ban from the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) for past doping cases On thursday.

The ban was issued for five anti-doping offenses committed by Romanian athletes in 2012.

Among them was the Romanian team of four, Florin Croitoru, Gabriel Sincraian, Razvan Martin and Roxana Cocos, who were disqualified from the 2012 London Olympics after various banned substances were found in testing their samples.

Sincraian also lost a medal from the Rio 2016 Olympics to another failed drug test.

“The International Testing Agency (ITA) confirms that the Independent Sanctioning Panel of the IWF Member Federation has imposed a one-year suspension against the Romanian Weightlifting Federation as a result of numerous Anti-Doping Rules violations,” the IWF said in your website.

“The FRH case is based on five anti-doping rule violations (ADRV) that were committed in 2012 by five different athletes. All five ADRVs were detected by the presence of anabolic steroids in the athletes’ samples. “

The decision is a blow to European champion Loredana-Elena Toma, who will lose her chance to win an Olympic gold.

The ruling said the FRH had been suspended for a year from June 15, but could return after eight months as long as it paid a $ 50,000 fine (to spend on anti-doping activities) and met a number of other conditions.

The Tokyo Olympics, delayed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will begin on July 23.

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