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    I’ve always wondered what was going through the...

    I’ve always wondered what was going through the minds of Behdad Salimikordasiabi and his coaches when they started shouting at the Jury in the Rio Olympics.

    The Jury at Tokyo is helping me to...
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    An interesting observation on ITG:

    An interesting observation on ITG:
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    I’ve been in competitions where I’ve had to make...

    I’ve been in competitions where I’ve had to make similar decisions. Not at the Olympics - but at major international tournaments where the results count.

    I actually think the coaching staff made...
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    It seems a bit surreal to see Dika Toua opening...

    It seems a bit surreal to see Dika Toua opening the competition with the very first lift on the very first day - a full twenty-one years after she became the first women to attempt a lift on the...
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    As an aside, I’ve asked somebody involved with...

    As an aside, I’ve asked somebody involved with running the Olympics what rationale was used for the division of the different categories into A sessions with 8, 9, and 10 athletes.

    They tell me...
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    Unfortunately the Jury is needed to protect...

    Unfortunately the Jury is needed to protect athletes against any malfeasance, incompetence, or bias in the event officials.

    Having said that, it’s traditionally used as the holding pen for the...
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    Here’s a photo of the training hall. ...

    Here’s a photo of the training hall.

    https://ibb.co/ZBF24c6

    The seats in the foreground are where each training group sits until they are permitted to enter the training area.

    There’s a...
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    “Brazilian weightlifter Fernando Reis, who would...

    “Brazilian weightlifter Fernando Reis, who would have been a medal contender in the men’s 109 kilograms super-heavyweight category, is out of the Olympic Games in Tokyo after testing positive for...
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    I would expect Lyu Xiaojun to be a repeat...

    I would expect Lyu Xiaojun to be a repeat medalist from Rio.
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    It may have taken two years before Artykov and/or...

    It may have taken two years before Artykov and/or the Kyrgyzstan Olympic Committee returned the original medal. I can remember reading about one sad case where a Cuban athlete sold their Olympic...
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    In case people are wondering how the competition...

    In case people are wondering how the competition will be modified to minimise the risk of covid transmission, here are the details:
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    I have a similar opinion. As an aside, I've...

    I have a similar opinion.

    As an aside, I've been following the coverage of the US sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson who has had similar problems. I thought the USATF released a very well written...
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    I'm wary of making predictions because I think...

    I'm wary of making predictions because I think it's impossible to really know the individual impacts that covid restrictions will have had on the training and preparation of many of the athletes.
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    Somebody posted this on Reddit. The Turkish...

    Somebody posted this on Reddit. The Turkish Olympic silver medalist Daniyar Ismayilov has reportedly failed a domestic/internal doping test in Turkey:
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    Arley Mendez seems likely to be excluded from the...

    Arley Mendez seems likely to be excluded from the Olympics for using Cannabis.

    I’m really struggling to see the logic in this. Being excluded from the Olympics seems like a disproportionately...
  16. Here is some breaking news. Samoa has just...

    Here is some breaking news.

    Samoa has just pulled all of their athletes out from the Olympics - so there will be three more athlete reallocations in the W87+, M67, and M96 categories.
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  17. I’m willing to accept that a settlement was the...

    I’m willing to accept that a settlement was the best outcome available to the ITA given the short deadlines.

    But the outcome is a disgrace to sport. The Colombian Federation should have been...
  18. Thanks. Interesting to see they’ve reallocated...

    Thanks. Interesting to see they’ve reallocated the unused continental spots to the next ranked athlete in the general classification (it’s logical but I thought they might have added them to the...
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    I can only speculate. But 'grey area substance'...

    I can only speculate. But 'grey area substance' usually refers to medicines which have a legitimate medical use but also create 'helpful' side effects.

    Meldonium used to be widely prescribed and...
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    Thanks for posting this. The arguments made by...

    Thanks for posting this. The arguments made by the Romanian Federation and their rebuttals by the IMFSP are fascinating reading - I am really pleased that the IWF has published this:
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    I really don't understand the timeline here. The...

    I really don't understand the timeline here. The IWF disclosure states that the incident occurred in December 2020:

    >"The ITA reports that based on an incident that occurred during an...
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    Official ADRV list for Tokyo updated on 10 June:...

    Official ADRV list for Tokyo updated on 10 June:

    https://www.iwf.net/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2021/06/Number-of-ADRV_10062021.pdf
  23. This is an interesting wrinkle. The IWF results...

    This is an interesting wrinkle. The IWF results page now has results from an event called 2020 Junior Extra that was held in Tashkent alongside the recent Junior World Champs
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  24. Thanks. This is really helpful and explains the...

    Thanks. This is really helpful and explains the apparent discrepancies.
  25. In case anybody cares about the mechanics of...

    In case anybody cares about the mechanics of final selection, on 4 June the national federations made their selections for athletes who qualified in more than one bodyweight class.

    The selections...
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