January 30, 2019 / 10:51 AM / 3 months ago

Weightlifting: Russian Akkaev gets eight-year ban for third doping offense

FILE PHOTO: Gold medallist Khadzhimurat Akkaev (C) of Russia celebrates on the podium with silver medallist Dmitry Klokov (L) of Russia and bronze medallist Oleksiy Torokhtiy of Ukraine in the men's 105kg weightlifting competition during the World Weightlifting Championships at Disney Village in Marne-la-Vallee outside Paris, November 12, 2011. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

(Reuters) - Russia’s former world weightlifting champion Khadzhimurat Akkaev has been banned for eight years for a third doping offense since 2005, the domestic weightlifting federation said.

The 33-year-old, who won the world title in the 105kg category in Paris in 2011 and silver medal in the 94kg at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, will remain suspended until August 1, 2024.

“The International Weightlifting Federation has notified us that Khadzhimurat Akkaev has been disqualified for eight years,” Aleksandar Petrov, head of the anti-doping commission of Russia’s weightlifting federation told TASS news agency.

“Such a lengthy punishment is explained by the fact that the athlete has already violated anti-doping rules three times during his career.”

Petrov said that Akkaev could appeal his ban, adding the weightlifter had not contacted the Russian federation to discuss the issue.

Russian weightlifting has suffered repeated embarrassment in recent years due to doping cases.

Russia’s athletics federation on Friday said it would withdraw its appeal against the decision by the global athletics governing body IAAF to prolong its suspension over evidence of state-sponsored doping.

Reporting by Angel Krasimirov; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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