On August 24, Chinese Weightlifting Association released a statement with regards to three female weightlifting athletes, Cao Lei, Chen Xiexia and Liu Chunhong. The three gold medalists have tested positive for banned stimulants in the retest of samples. The full statement is as follows:
Our Association has learned from the International Weightlifting Federation that three Chinese female weightlifting athletes, Cao Lei, Chen Xiexia and Liu Chunhong, have tested positive for banned stimulants in the retest of samples from 2008 Beijing Olympics.
We are stunned by this information. The Chinese Weightlifting Association has always sought to uphold the World Anti-Doping Code and related policy by the International Weightlifting Association. We seek to abide by strictly prohibiting, diligently testing and seriously reprimanding in our anti-doping initiatives, stressing a “zero-tolerance” for the use of stimulants. To this end, the Association has organized various educational events, established a strict system for dealing out punishment in the case of offense and have cooperated with the Chinese Anti-Doping Agency in carrying out comprehensive testing and anti-doping investigations.
The Association is highly concerned about the positive results of the retest of samples in this case. We will commit full cooperation abiding by related rules by the International Weightlifting Federation and the International Olympic Committee in the investigation of the testing results. Once violations have been fully investigated, our Association will punish all related offenders to the full extent as permissible under law.
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