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Life ban for 2 Bulgarian weightlifters for doping

Two Bulgarian weightlifters who tested positive for a banned substance in June have been banned from competition for life and nine have been suspended for four years, the Bulgarian state agency for youth and sport said Thursday.

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Nine Bulgarian weightlifters who tested positive for a banned substance in June have been
suspended for four years and two have been banned for life, the
Bulgarian state agency for youth and sport said on Thursday.

The agency announced that the domestic federation has been
fined $465,000 by the International Weightlifting Federation
(IWF).

The Balkan country withdrew its teams from the Beijing
Olympics after eight men and three women failed doping tests
during a training camp.

Six men, including 2007 world champion Ivan Stoitsov and the
bronze medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics Velichko Cholakov,
and the three women have been banned for four years.

However, Georgi Markov and Alan Tsagaev, have been banned
for life as this was their second doping contravention.
 

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