Iranian, Indian federations fined

Updated: January 26, 2010, 10:45 AM ET
Associated Press

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- The Iranian and Indian weightlifting federations have been fined $500,000 for multiple doping offenses.

The International Weightlifting Federation says it is in the process of arranging the initial payments from both national bodies.

Six Indian weightlifters and three Iranians were found guilty of doping and given suspensions in the past year. The doping case of a fourth Iranian athlete is still open.

IWF legal counsel Monika Ungar says the Budapest-based federation can impose bans or fines on national associations if three or more lifters from the same country commit doping offenses in the same year.

The minimum fine is $50,000 and the shortest ban is two years, Ungar said.

India must begin paying its fine by Friday for its weightlifters to be allowed to compete in the South Asian Games. The games start Friday in Bangladesh.


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