Belarus axed their head coach.
We heard the frustration Andrei Aramnau had with old coach (Alexander Goncharov). Turns out he was not the only one who was fed up with him. Now Leonid Taranenko chimed in and wrote an angry letter.
On the positive doping test of a BLR teenager:
The question is: how did the boy know what drugs to take, when and how much? How could it be that the head coach took him to the European championships without prior doping control? Therefore we must insist on creating a commission to identify the initiator.
And some clear words on Aramnau’s and Rybakov’s cases:
Rather than resign and apologize to all the coaches of the country, whose students he has “broken” for years of his ruling as head coach, Goncharov again wants to lead the national team.
New coach will be Valentin Korotkin, the previous coach of the women’s team. Nothing much will change though:
Athletes themselves compare this change with the political Putin-Medvedev tandem, arguing that the relocation of the terms will not change anything.
Albania: After 3 positive doping tests last year, the Albanian WL Fed. has to pay a $50000 US fine. They tried to appeal and lower the fine, but without success.
50k is a huge cut in their already little budget. So for the upcoming Mediterranean Cup the Italian WL Fed is covering all the expensis (besides the travel costs) for the Albanian lifters. (via)
Brazil: You have heard that Galabin Boevski got 9 years for smuggling cocaine.
Brazil thought to themselves, “why not take advantage of this situation?”.
Brazil’s weightlifting federation plans to hire Bulgaria’s former Olympic weightlifting champion Galabin Boevski as coach or consultant even though he is convicted and jailed, according to reports.
Not an easy job at the moment, because with Steiner & Velagic & Co. are getting older and Germany is lacking lifters from younger age groups. He said:
By 2020 our younger athletes will have developed to a point to be able to fight for Olympic medals.
Let’s end this one with some Boevski footage.