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Iranian weightlifters test positive for drugs

Tehran, Sept 25, IRNA-The International Weightlifting Federation President Tamas Ajan has personally invited the twice Olympic +105 kg gold medalist and three-time world champion Hossein Rezazadeh after nine of his teammates Sunday tested positive for yet unidentified drugs.

The 11-strong team was to leave Monday for Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, where the world weightlifting event will be held from Sept 29 to Oct 7.

Iran's National Olympic Committee (NOC) and Physical Education Organization (PEO) have vowed to punish the lifters if the tests are confirmed.

The country's weightlifting chief Ali Moradi and Bulgarian national trainer Yodan Georgi Ivanov departed here in the wee hours of Monday for the Dominican Republic to discuss the issue.

In case the IWF bans Iran, the country is not allowed either to compete at the 2006 Asian Games in the Qatari capital Doha.

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