MOSCOW, Feb. 4, 2004 (Xinhuanet) -- Russian weightlifter Vladislav Lukanin has been banned for two years by the International Weightlifting Federation following a positive test for banned substances, ITAR-TASS news agency reported Wednesday.
Russian Weightlifting Federation Secretary General Yury Teryayev said the 19-year-old was also stripped of a silver medal he won at last November's world championships in Vancouver.
The Russian federation was also fined 1,000 dollars.
Lukanin and the federation refused a second or B test after hisA test was found to contain banned substances, which were not specified.
Lukanin will miss this year's Olympics in Athens in August.