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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Wednesday, 26 September, 2001, 05:58 GMT 06:58 UK
Goodwill champion banned for doping
Sergo Chakhoyan
Chakhoyan's record will be cancelled
Australia's Armenian-born weightlifter Sergo Chakhoyan has been stripped of three Goodwill Games gold medals after testing positive for a banned steroid.

Chakhoyan had been in line for a prize of 30,000 US dollars after he claimed the treble and set a world record at the Brisbane event in August.

The Australian Weightlifting Federation (AWF) confirmed Chakhoyan had been banned for two years after testing positive for the steroid stanozolol.

AWF executive director Robert Kabas said the lifter could lodge an appeal.

In a statement, federation president Sam Coffa said: "It would be easy, perhaps understandable, to become disheartened and disillusioned by this turn of events."

World championships

But he said the organisation was determined to fight doping.

Chakhoyan, 32, migrated from Armenia in 1997 and competed for Australia for the first time at the 1999 world championships.

He has been in Armenia training for the world championships to be held in Turkey in November.

Chakhoyan snatched 181.5kg in the 85kg division to beat Georgian Georgi Azanidze's previous best set last year by half a kilo.

The record will be cancelled but Games organisers will not have to ask for his prize money back as he had yet to be paid.

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