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21 Doping Cases of Young Turkish Weightlifters; Fallout Drags on 12 Years Later  

In 2022, Dr. Tamas Ajan and Olympic champion Nicolae “Nicu” Vlad were banned from weightlifting’s bureaucracy for life, one year after being charged with “tampering and collusion” in the now-famous McLaren report. Alongside them was Hasan Akkus, then-president of the Turkish Weightlifting Federation (TWF). In Jan. 2023, Akkus was banned from the sport’s governance for four years for…