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    Bulgarian weightlifting federation loses license
    Reporting by Angel Krasimirov; Editing by Kevin Fylan.

    SOFIA, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Bulgaria's sports ministry has stripped the country's weightlifting federation of its licence because of recent doping and financial problems.

    The ministry said in a statement on Wednesday the federation had undermined the prestige of Bulgarian sport.

    Bulgaria withdrew its team before the start of the 2008 Olympics when 11 members failed doping tests.

    The country also missed the recent world championships because of financial problems and the ministry accused the federation of mismanaging funds.

    The decision to revoke the licence was taken two weeks after the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) expressed concern that the 2010 junior world championships, due to be held in Bulgaria, could be in jeopardy because of "internal difficulties".

    The ministry said it had refused to renew the federation's license because it had "breached the anti-doping regulations and sports ethics ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games and marred Bulgaria's sports prestige."

    The federation was also accused of mismanaging funds.

    Ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, all eight men and three women on Bulgaria's preliminary weightlifting squad had tested positive for the anabolic steroid metandienon.

    The lifters denied any wrongdoing but the Bulgarian weightlifting federation was forced, for the first time in its history, to pull the whole team from the Games.

    The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) then banned two of the athletes, Georgy Markov and Alan Tsagaev, for life while the other nine received four-year bans.

    The federation was also fined $465,000 (324,700 euros), Bulgarian press reporting it had paid that sum to keep its right to compete in international tournaments.

    But failure to find well-trained athletes to replace the banned ones has prevented Bulgaria from appearing in major weightlifting competitions ever since.

    Bulgaria had a long reputation as one of the world powers in weightlifting, but was also plagued by doping scandals.

    In order to save the sport, 23 weightlifting clubs from around the country on Tuesday formed an alternative Bulgarian national weightlifting federation, adding they would apply for a license from the sports ministry and the IWF.

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    The right thing to do.

    U.S. Weightlifting has the toughest anti-doping program around. Required participation in year round No Advance Notice testing for all elite athletes run by an independent agency: USADA.

    The more lenient drug attitude overseas (and sophisticated cycling to escape detection) isn't the only reason the US doesn't do as well as it might in the Worlds and Olympics, but doping does play a large part in our relative lack of competitiveness.

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    Weightlifting has the strictist drug policy for a sport with such a small participation. Why do they spend so much money on drug testing and where do they get the money to afford it?

    Unlike our U.S. sports like baseball and football with its massive participation...they have the weakest drug testing policy. We all know its because of money and greed, but what does the IWF have to gain by such strict standards?

    You can't tell me baseball can't afford an independent drug testing agency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jethro View Post
    Weightlifting has the strictist drug policy for a sport with such a small participation. Why do they spend so much money on drug testing and where do they get the money to afford it?

    Unlike our U.S. sports like baseball and football with its massive participation...they have the weakest drug testing policy. We all know its because of money and greed, but what does the IWF have to gain by such strict standards?

    You can't tell me baseball can't afford an independent drug testing agency.

    Integrity, respect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jethro View Post
    You can't tell me baseball can't afford an independent drug testing agency.
    Yes, but for someone like me, you could give me a pharmacy full of drugs and I would still lack the coordination to hit a 95 mph fastball. It is true that weightlifting also requires technique, and I'm still working on mine, but at least I know that 100 kg is going to be 100 kg all around the world. I don't need to worry about whether the guy on the mound will be bring heat or throwing a curve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Drewry View Post
    Integrity, respect?
    Unfortunately at elite level competition, these can get thrown out the window. The only reason this was an issue is because the Bulgarian team got caught. Even if everyone and their mother knew they were doping, the federation wouldn't be in this pickle if they hid their tracks.

    Hell, the number of athletes using PED's at elite competition (especially highly physically demanding sports) dwarfs that who don't. It's almost stupid NOT to, especially considering that there is money involved and it's the athletes livelihood. I don't agree with PED's, but they are never going to disappear no matter how big the consequence (physically or financially) or how stringent the testing.
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    I agree with you, Oldboy, but as long as the rules are on the books, the federation has to enforce them or lose any respectability and compromise their integrity. There are a couple options to this as I see it:

    a) have offending teams pay hefty fines that go directly to supporting the anti-doping testing program. I'm talking millions.

    b) change the rules, allow the PEDs, step back and watch the show. I'm not in favor of option b, but it is the most realistic of the two, since the doping strategies are getting to the point that testing protocols can't keep up with them.

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    I've even heard the idea of regulating PED usage, instead of outright banning them. The thing is, is that there is no clear correct answer on to drugs and sports. Ideally athletes wouldn't use them, but that's not going to happen. So how do you draw the line on what is and isn't acceptable? I wish I knew.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Drewry View Post
    b) change the rules, allow the PEDs, step back and watch the show. I'm not in favor of option b, but it is the most realistic of the two, since the doping strategies are getting to the point that testing protocols can't keep up with them.
    My fear with this is that it almost forces people to take them. Those that are initially fine with taking them will peer pressure everyone else. PEDs are such a hard line. You will never get rid of them and it really comes down to your own morals and what you believe is fair or right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Drewry View Post
    b) change the rules, allow the PEDs, step back and watch the show.
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