Chinese triple Olympic weightlifting champion Lu Xiaojun claimed he never cheated as an athlete. Also, he wants to prove his innocence after his temporary suspension due to doping. He added that using prohibited substances is against his values.
On October 30, Lu tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO) while not competing. He is one of only five athletes in history to win three Olympic gold medals in weightlifting. Also, he is the only one to do so this century.
The International Testing Agency (ITA) handles all anti-doping processes for the International Weightlifting Federation. They informed him of the findings on Tuesday.
While crazy conspiracy theories about Lu’s death are circulating online, Lu and the Chinese Weightlifting Association (CWA) have sent comments to Bookie Intelligence refuting such claims.
Both have expressed their “shock” at the positive test and reaffirmed their dedication to a “zero tolerance” policy for doping.
The Chinese Weightlifting Association (CWA) claimed that Chinese weightlifters had been examined a staggering 5,000 times over the previous five years. Lu’s suspension is the first time a Chinese male weightlifter has been disqualified since 2010.
After beginning his international career in 2004 by winning the junior world championship, Lu, then aged 37, became the oldest weightlifting champion in history when he won the men’s 81-kilogram event at the Olympic Games in Tokyo last year.
He took an extended vacation from training but came back in August looking much slimmer and with plans to compete again to qualify for the 2024 Olympics in Paris. He is the first Chinese weightlifter in seven years to test positive. Thus, the governing body suspended him while his case is under review.
According to sportsbook pay per head reports, Lu said in his statement that he was informed of the negative analytical conclusion on December 20 by email from the ITA.
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