China, Turkey and other nations who have been banned from weightlifting for a year are hopeful that they will be able to start competing again before the ban runs its full course.
Armenia won two gold medals and also played a part in helping Austrian teenager Sarah Fischer to an impressive silver on the penultimate day of the European Junior and Under-23 Championships here tonight.
The Ukrainian favourite Hanna Panova thought she had won the gold medal at the European Junior and Under-23 Championships, only to be beaten into second place by Russia’s Alezksandra Kozlova when a refereeing decision overruled her final attempt because of a press-out.
The last time most of the old Soviet Bloc nations missed a major international weightlifting championships Romania, thanks mainly to the great Nicu Vlad, came to the fore.
Koha cruises to European junior title and stays on course for World Championships weightlifting medal
Rebekah Koha is on course for a World Championship medal after retaining her 58 kilograms European junior title in style.
Mirco Scarantino won his ninth European title and secured yet another gold medal for the Sicilian town that can justifiably claim to be the weightlifting capital of the world.
The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) will ensure there is a record level of testing at their World Championships in Anaheim, California from November 28 until December 5 - and before.
European weightlifting is on "a new pathway" in its efforts to change the culture of doping in parts of the continent that has blighted the sport.
USA Weightlifting confirms Iranian athlete successful in visa re-application for 2017 World Championships
USA Weightlifting has confirmed that an Iranian athlete who was initially denied a visa to attend the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships in Anaheim has been successful with his re-application.
TV money in the balance as Sweden becomes favourite to host 2018 European Weightlifting Championships
The 2018 European Weightlifting Championships, which cannot be held as planned in Antalya in Turkey because of that nation’s imminent ban from the sport, are likely to be hosted by Sweden.
The Olympic super-heavyweight silver medallist Simon Martirosyan is one of nearly 150 weightlifters who will compete at the European Junior and Under-23 Championships over the next week, before sitting out a year of exile from international competition.
Exclusive: Georgia may replace Turkey as 2018 European Weightlifting Championships host - but no date switch
Next year's European Championships may move venue, probably from Turkey to Georgia, but the European Weightlifting Federation (EWF) says there are no plans to switch the date in order to allow seven banned nations to compete.
Next year's European Weightlifting Championships in Antalya has been moved so the seven countries, including hosts Turkey and Russia, who would miss the event after being banned for doping can take part, it has been claimed.
USA Weightlifting has confirmed that an Iranian athlete has been denied a visa to attend the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships, which are scheduled to take place in Anaheim from November 28 to December 6.
Russian coach Oleg Pisarevsky has criticised the International Weightlifting Federation's (IWF) decision to ban the country for a year, claiming it is "utterly unjust" as they have already been punished for their doping problem.