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The International Testing Agency (ITA), leading an independent anti-doping program for the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), asserts anti-doping rule violations against Bulgarian weightlifter Yunder Beytula.

The ITA reports that based on an incident that occurred during an Out-Of-Competition testing mission conducted by the ITA on 29 December 2020, the ITA has charged Yunder Beytula with committing Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs).

The ITA alleges that Mr. Beytula provided wrong whereabouts information to the ITA and then when located, refused to provide a sample during the abovementioned doping control.

Mr. Beytula has thus been charged with committing violations of Article 2.3 (Evading and Refusing Sample Collection) and Article 2.5 (Tampering or Attempted Tampering with any part of Doping Control) of the IWF Anti-Doping Rules (IWF ADR).

The athlete has been informed of the case and has been provisionally suspended until the resolution of the matter.

If confirmed, this will potentially be the athlete’s second ADRV (the athlete was previously sanctioned with a period of ineligibility from 11 October 2013 until 11 October 2015 for the presence of prohibited anabolic steroids in a sample collected from him on 25 September 2013).

Should he not accept the consequences provided for under the IWF ADR, he will have the right to ask for a hearing.

Pursuant to the IWF’s delegation of its anti-doping program to the ITA, the prosecution of this case is being handled entirely by the ITA. Given that the case is underway, there will be no further comments during the ongoing proceeding.