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7 more Russian weightlifters charged with doping offences

Seven more top Russian weightlifters have been charged with doping offenses, taking the total charged this week to 12.

12 of nation's top competitors have been charged this week

Dmitry Lapikov, seen above at the 2008 Olympics for which he was eventually stripped of his medal, is one of 12 Russian weightlifters facing doping charges this week. (Nq Han Guan/Associated Press)

Seven more top Russian weightlifters have been charged with doping offenses, taking the total charged this week to 12.

The International Weightlifting Federation says the seven, including five world and European championship medalists, face allegations stemming from World Anti-Doping Agency investigations into widespread drug use and cover-ups in Russia over the last decade.

Two of them, Dmitry Lapikov and Nadezhda Evstyukina, were previously stripped of medals they won at the 2008 Olympics after samples they gave tested positive.

WADA has been analyzing a vast archive of data obtained in January from the anti-doping laboratory in Moscow, where cases were routinely covered up for years. WADA has started handing over its results to sports federations, causing a wave of new charges.

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