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Ukraine Faces Loss of Weightlifting Places in Paris 2024 After Third Doping Offense

Following the provisional suspension of a third athlete for violating an anti-doping rule, Inside The Games reported that Ukraine may lose one of its allotted spots in the Olympic weightlifting competition at the Paris 2024 Games.

In response to Reuters' request for comment, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), which would determine any such sanction, did not immediately react.

Alina Marushchak, who took first place in the women's 81 kg division at the 2021 World Championships, was the most recent athlete to get a provisional suspension in March for using Hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic and masking agent that is forbidden by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

According to the International Testing Agency, two other Ukrainians, Ruslan Kozhakin and Bohdan Taranenko, were suspended in October due to the discovery of Trimetazidine, a hormone and metabolic modulator that is prohibited by WADA.

The three may get at least four-year suspensions if proven guilty.

At the recently finished European Weightlifting Championships in Armenia, Ukraine took home eight medals, including two golds.

Following Moscow's invasion of Ukraine last year, the nation has declared it will boycott the Olympics if Russians and Belarusians are permitted to compete, even as neutrals.

Oleh Nemchinov, the cabinet secretary, said last month that Ukrainian athletes would not be permitted to participate in sports that would pit them against Russian competitors for the 2024 Games.

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