— Published 18 June 2021

Romania excluded from the Tokyo Games


The next Olympic weightlifting tournament is shaping up to be less crowded. The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) announced on Thursday, June 17th, that it had excluded a new country from the competition, Romania. The Romanian weightlifting federation has been suspended for one year for having five doping cases in the last 12 months, some of which date back to the London 2012 Games but were revealed more recently after a new analysis of samples. Its athletes will therefore be excluded from the Tokyo Games. Romania becomes the fourth country to be excluded from Olympic competition, after Egypt, Malaysia and Thailand. Fifteen other countries had their athlete quotas reduced for the same reasons, including Russia, Iran and Turkey. According to the IWF’s decision, Romania’s suspension can be reduced by four months if its federation pays a fine of $50,000, and if no other of its athletes violate anti-doping rules in the next eight months.