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Beijing 2008: 14 of 45 medal winners tested positive

London 2012: 11 of 45 medal winners tested positive

Rio 2016: 7 of 45 medal winners should have not been allowed to compete and could be stripped of their medals because of the rampant doping in the previous two editions.

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...and it needs to go just because of doping? The Philippines won it's first medal in 20 years because of Weightlifting and it was the first since 1936 that was a sport other than Boxing.

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The International Weightlifting Federation should be applauded, not punished, for their actions in suspending nations with an excessive number of positive tests. Other IFs need to follow this lead.

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Can't edit my post, but forgot to quote from the article this oddity  "... Kyrgyzstan's under 69kg bronze medallist Izzat Artykov the first athlete in any sport stripped of an Olympic medal at Rio 2016 for doping after a positive test for strychnine..."    

 

:o Surely this is a typo.   I should think if he had any amount of strychnine in him, being stripped of a medal would be the least of his worries! 

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Strychnine (in small doses!) has long been used as a stimulant in sports. A runner in 1904 openly took a mixture of strychnine and brandy to help him finish second. We was later given the gold when the first place finisher was disqualified for receiving assistance.

Side note: Anyone want to play a version of Scrable where Olympic proper nouns are allowed?

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On 9/3/2016 at 6:06 AM, Lord David said:

...and it needs to go just because of doping?

did you miss the part where 1/3 of medalists are dopers and the first de-medaled athlete from rio was a weightlifter? it's actually fascinating to watch, but it has no place in the olympics anymore.

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I think the IWF is taking a strong stand. But the sport is riddled with a doping problem that dates back to the 1970's. Weightlifting was the first sport to face serious scrutiny over doping in the 80's and it hasn't changed. When your results cannot be trusted in any reasonable fashion it should not be apart of the Olympics. Even cycling doesn't have this kind of doping problem.

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