By Lusine Shahbazyan
YEREVAN. – The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) will reduce the suspension of Armenia, China, and Turkey by six or fewer months, the Armenian national teams will be able to compete in all international tournaments as of May 2018, and this will be confirmed at the IWF conference to be held on January 15 of the coming year.
Armenian Weightlifting Federation Secretary General Pashik Alaverdyan, who is also head coach of the men’s national team, on Tuesday informed about the aforesaid at a press conference.
“After the [last] Olympic games, no violation was recorded in these three countries,” Alaverdyan added, in particular.
He argued, however, that the IWF had violated its own regulations.
“Under the IWF regulation, the federation of the given country bears accountability when one to three cases of violations are recorded in one year; in this case, the federation is either fined 50 thousand euros, or is suspended for one year,” Pashik Alaverdyan explained. “[But] in our [Armenia’s] case, they suspended and fined [us]; and this, in the case when our cases were not recorded in one year or one tournament, but two at Beijing 2008 and the other at London 2012.”
On September 30, the IWF suspended the national weightlifting teams of several countries, including Armenia, for doping.
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