Taiwan’s Chen Wei-ling could get gold for 2008 Olympics, while China’s team faces ban
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Taipei (Taiwan News) — The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Thursday announced that three
Chinese women weightlifters would be stripped of their Olympic gold medals for doping at the 2008 Beijing Games, leaving the door open for Taiwanese competitor Chen Wei-ling (陳葦綾) to see her medal upgraded to gold.
The IOC said Cao Lei in the 75-kilogram class; Chen Xiexia at 48kg; and Liu Chunhonog at 69kg all tested positive for GHRP-2, which stimulates production of growth hormone. Liu also tested positive for sibutramine, a banned stimulant.
Liu was also a gold medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics in the 69kg class, Cao took two gold at the 2006 and 2007 World Weightlifting Championships, while Chen took three golds at the 2007 World Weightlifting Championships.
In addition to the three Chinese medalists, five other athletes were disqualified in the latest round of tests from an new initiative to re-analyze samples stored from the Beijing and London Olympics. The IOC has recorded more than 100 positive tests in various sports since the re-testing program began, with the majority from Russia and former Soviet block countries. [FULL STORY]