Doping: Egypt banned from weightlifting world championships

Egypt has been banned from participating in the weightlifting world championships for doping offences. Meanwhile, the Egyptian Olympic Committee also fears the suspension could extend to the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

A number of Egyptian weightlifters were included in the entry list for the world championships, which begin in Thailand on Wednesday. However, all of them were missing from the competition’s start book. The start book was released on the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) website on Tuesday.

State-run Al-Ahram quoted the Secretary-General of Egypt’s Olympic committee as saying the country had not yet been officially notified about the doping ban. Nevertheless, he noted that it could impact Egypt’s participation at next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.

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