Thailand and Malaysia removed from the weightlifting competition at the Tokyo Olympics


The International Weightlifting Federation excludes the Thai and Malaysian quadrants from the Tokyo Olympics next year.

  • Punishment for doping

The Thai and Malaysian quarters will not be present at the Tokyo Olympics because of doping, according to the International Weightlifting Federation.

The International Weightlifting Federation said in a statement that the quartet of the two countries will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics, regardless of changing the date.

The Olympic Games were postponed for a year due to an outbreak of the Coruna virus, which will take place from 23 July to 8 August 2021.

Eight Thai lifters, including an Olympic champion, fell short on doping tests at last year’s world championships in Turkmenistan.

The International Federation suspended the membership of the Thai Weightlifting Federation for a period of three years, and said that the punishment would be reviewed on or after 7 March 2022 if “the Thai Federation succeeds in confirming its adherence to the standards previously established”.

Last January, all members of the Thai Federation board resigned after less than a month to allegations in a German TV documentary about the use of four-wheelers of stimulants.

The Malaysian Federation was punished with a one-year suspension. The International Federation has said that it will review and possibly lift the sentence on October 1, 2020.


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