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Azerbaijan fined for 2013 dopings

Updated: April 1, 2014, 9:15 AM ET
Associated Press

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- The International Weightlifting Federation has fined Azerbaijan $500,000 and waived a possible suspension after nine lifters were caught doping last year.

The Budapest-based IWF said on Tuesday in a statement that its executive board decided not to suspend the Azerbaijani federation in order to "maintain its policy not to punish innocent athletes."

Five male and four female weightlifters failed drug tests in 2013 and most were suspended for two years. Zulfugar ...

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