International Weightlifting Federation’s world championships set to begin in Houston on Friday
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In the wake of a decision Thursday affecting two national teams because of doping violations, more than 600 athletes from 98 countries will begin competition Friday at the International Weightlifting Federation’s world championships at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Federation officials opened the championships, the first to be held in the United States in four decades, with an executive board session Thursday that included the decision that Bulgaria will not be allowed to compete at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics
Eleven Bulgarian weightlifters, including three European champions, tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid stanozolol prior to the European championships last March.
The executive committee also took one Olympic slot away from Romania because of “multiple” positive doping results.
Results from the world championships, which will be conducted in eight men’s weight classes and seven men’s classes across nine days through Nov. 28, will be used along
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