August 18th, 2016

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Crime and Punishment: The WADA-Related Disqualifications In Olympic Weightlifting


This is a world wide premiere of a  newly developed tool for Lift Up project to search and review the latest WADA-related sanctions taken by the International Weightlifting Federation from 2005 to August 1, 2016.

Previously, we published our historical review The Eraser: Drug-Related Disqualifications in Men’s Weightlifting at Summer Olympics available online via Lift Up. The review mostly covered drug usage and disqualifications in weightlifting from ancient Games to the end of the 2oth Century.

The Sanctions tool bring us to the 21st century. It is a “crime and punishment” listing based on the IWF sanctions’ data publicly available online and covers actions from 2005 to today. Take it for a test drive and let me know if it is useful and makes sense.

The Sanctions:  List of WADA-Related Disqualifications In Olympic Weightlifting (2005-2016)

by Arthur Chidlovski (Lift Up), August 2016


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Doping and Me


Doping and me are the North Pole and the South Pole.

However lately all I’ve been doing is studying the topic of drugs in sports.

I did this study of history of disqualifications in Olympic weightlifing at Lift Up, and new online tool for reviewing IWF sanctions,  and now I was pleased to find out the New York Times gave me credit for their Athletes Who Were Denied Their Olympic Medal Moments Because Others Were Doping interactive presentation and infographics.

I love Olympic weightlifting. I used to compete in my junior years. And it hurts me deeply to hear about all these scandals and it make me feel like the sport does downhill with all this negativity and chase for bad guys, teams and nations.

With all these said, I am no expert on doping, WADA listings, sport politics and businesses. I just love Olympic weightlifting!

I want my sport to survive these times and bad publicity. Obviously, the IWF and its President are no newbies in the topic. No way they didn’t know about it with decades of running the sport.

They know it better than anyone before and hope they know what they are doing now.

I am discovering new angles and new areas (for me) and how polarized  people are in sports now. It’s really a war out there. I don’t want this sport to be wiped out and destroyed in this battle.

Long live Olympic weightlifting!