The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) is effectively allowing Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Belarus only two places each at Tokyo 2020 – as the new rules state that any nation with 20 or more doping violations from 2008 to 2020 will have just one man and one woman at the Games.
Countries with 10-19 doping violations over that same period will be limited to two men and two women in Tokyo. At least nine more countries, including Bulgaria, Iran and India, who have won five weightlifting golds at the Commonwealth Games, fall into that category.
- Since 2018 Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Armenia have had more than 130 official doping positives
- China had 7
- 3 positives during the 18-month qualifying period for Tokyo, qualifies for a country ban
- athletes have to compete 6 times during that time.