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Asian Games: Two weightlifters disqualified

DOPING Yesterday's development marked the third confirmed case of drug use in just two days, after a female weightlifter from Myanmar was disqualified on Saturday

AP , DOHA

The World Anti-Doping Agency tested 11 Iranian weightlifters on Sept. 10 in advance of the world championships in the Dominican Republic. Nine tested positive for excessive levels of testosterone.

Eight of the nine weightlifters were suspended for two years and a ninth banned for life -- they did not compete at Doha.

Musallam has rejected suggestions that the latest doping scandal could spell the end of weightlifting as an Asian Games event.

"The weightlifting is on the Asian Games program and the Olympic Games program ... we can't punish all athletes worldwide because of an individual's act," he said on Saturday.

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