Countries whose weightlifters take a look at optimistic for doping through the qualifying interval for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games will be penalised with the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) saying discount of quota locations for every offence.
Each dope violation will end result within the discount of 1 quota place for that nation. A nation might be barred outright if 4 of its lifters take a look at optimistic through the qualifying interval—January 1, 2021 to February 14, 2022.
“During the ranking period the maximum number of athletes by CGA (C’wealth Games Association) will be reduced by one if any weightlifting athlete and/or athlete support personnel (even if the athlete does not make it to the IWF Commonwealth ranking list) from that CGA records an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) through testing or investigation conducted by the Independent Testing Agency (ITA) and/or any other WADA approved Anti-Doping Organization,” the CGF has introduced.
The choice was made when it finalised the athlete allocation system for weightlifting for the Birmingham Games just a few days again.
The guidelines, agreed with the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), have been communicated to all member associations and their respective nationwide weightlifting our bodies.
If lifters from a rustic return 4 anti-doping violations throughout a 12-month interval in checks performed by the IWF or worldwide testing company, that nation will be disqualified from participation and the case will be handed to the Independent Member Federations Sanctioning Panel.
“The Independent Panel has the jurisdiction to impose sanctions in accordance with Article 12 of the IWF’s Anti-Doping Rules. In the case of a CGA/athlete becoming ineligible to accept a qualification slot(s) as a result of an ADRV or sanctions imposed by the Independent Panel, in line with the IWF’s anti-doping rules the respective slots shall be reallocated,” a CGF spokesperson knowledgeable.
The CGF has allotted 180 quotas (90 every for women and men) for weightlifting competitions at Birmingham. A rustic can subject a most of eight lifters in both class.
The new guidelines might spell bother for the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) because the nation has the worst anti-doping document at Commonwealth Games stage. India’s quota for the Tokyo Olympics was diminished by one due to 13 anti-doping guidelines violations for the reason that 2008 Beijing Olympics.
In 2019, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games gold medallist Ravi Kumar was handed a 4-yr ban for failing a dope take a look at. Another 2018 Games medallist Pradeep Singh was handed a provisional suspension of 4 years just a few months again after testing optimistic for human progress hormone.
Chief nationwide weightlifting coach Vijay Sharma supported the transfer. “We received a letter regarding this new rule a few days back. This is the right move as there should be no support for anyone violating anti-doping rules. Only strict implementation of such rules will remove the stain of doping from weightlifting,” Sharma stated as he and eight weightlifters (5 girls, 3 males) assembled in Mumbai for the nationwide camp.
Won’t a clear athlete be disadvantaged of an opportunity to take part?
Sharma stated it could possibly’t be helped. “There has to be collective responsibility among all stakeholders to ensure there is no doping in the sport. Yes, somebody will miss a chance to participate in the Games for no fault of his. But this has to be done,” he added.
He will talk about the brand new guidelines with the lifters on the camp, the place the main target will be on making ready for the Asian championships anticipated to be held in March, the place India hope to realize a quota place.
Of the three weightlifters who can qualify for Tokyo Olympics, two have certified on the premise of rankings. Sharma is hopeful India will bag the remaining quota on the continental occasion.