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Belarusians Rybakov and Novikova deprived of 2008 Olympic medals

Belarus now has two Beijing medals fewer. After eight years the medal collection of the Belarusian team at the Beijing Olympics was reduced in size. According to the press service of the International Weightlifting Federation, doping tests of three Belarusian athletes tested positive.

As a result, Andrei Rybakov and Anastasia Novikova will be forced to return their silver and bronze medals of the Games. Another athlete involved in this unpleasant story - Irina Kulesha - took fourth place at the Games in Beijing. The athletes are suspended from international competitions.

Belarusians Rybakov and Novikova deprived of 2008 Olympic medals