The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has officially decided to suspend Olympic silver medalist weightlifter Hoang Anh Tuan for two years after testing positive for banned substances at the World Weightlifting Championship in Turkey last year.
The decision on Friday (January 21) was based on Tuan's samples testing positive for Oxilofrine, a banned substance.
The two-year suspension is effective from September 18, 2010 till September 18, 2012.
The organizers of the competition in Turkey in September 2010 announced the test results immediately at the event, and this kept Tuan out of Vietnam's delegation to the 16th Asian Games in China in November, 2010, although he had not been suspended by the IWF then.
The Vietnam Weightlifting Federation (VWF) and Tuan can appeal the decision within 30 days, but federation chief Do Dinh Khang has said this will not be done.
Tuan, 26, said he didn't want to talk about the incident, adding it was an accident. He said he was very disappointed with the ban and will now consider taking up a job as an instructor.
Khang said Vietnam has two names to replace Tuan in the men's 56kg category 27-year-old Tran Le Quoc Toan from the central city of Da Nang and 17-year-old Thach Kim Tuan of Ho Chi Minh City.
These two lifters will be specially trained to try for a berth at the Olympic Games in London in 2012. Tuan is seen as a new hope after winning the gold in the boys' 56kg category at the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in August 2010, lifting a total of 256kg.