Belarus’ Stanislav Chadovich has been handed a four-year ban by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) following an attempt to substitute urine in a drug test.
The sanction relates to an out of competition test carried out on July 29 last year, just prior to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Chadovich was scheduled to compete at the Games, but ultimately did not take part in the men’s under 62 kilograms event.
The IWF have stated the suspension comes as a result of a “chemical and physical manipulation” of the test.
Chadovich was found to have used a urine substitution for the test, violating the anti-doping rules.
The Belarusian sanction has been backdated to the date the offence took place.
It means the 2014 European Championships under 62 kilogram silver medallist will be ineligible until July 29, 2020.
The sanction came ahead of today’s Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) hearing with the Belarusian Weightlifting Union and the Weightlifting Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
They are facing one-year due to a new IWF rule, which stated that any country producing three or more positive tests following re-analysis of drugs samples would be sanctioned.
Four Kazakhstan weightlifting gold medal winners at London 2012 failed drugs tests, including two-time champion Ilya Ilyin.
He also failed retrospectively in Beijing.
Three Belarus athletes were also implicated, including London 2012 under-69kg bronze medallist Maryna Shkermankova.
Azerbaijan, Armenia, China, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine are all facing similar bans once the International Olympic Committee has confirmed all outstanding cases.
Bulgaria also missed Rio 2016 after they were banned following 11 lifters testing positive for the banned anabolic steroid stanozolol at a training camp in Tbilisi in Georgia last March.
Russia dropped their appeal to CAS yesterday against a one-year ban.
Nine Russians, including eight who won medals, tested positive in the retests.