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Bulgarian team banished

September 23, 2000


— Twelve years after the Bulgarian weightlifting team was banished from the Seoul Olympics for doping, the scene was repeated at the Sydney Games.

The sport's future was called into question after two more Bulgarians were stripped of medals Friday. The entire team was expelled from the games.

"It's a sport that's trying to deal with a problem that over the years has clearly become endemic," IOC vice president Dick Pound said.

IOC officials said they will reassess the sport's status sometime after the Sydney Olympics to determine whether it should stay in the games. Weightlifting has been in the Olympics since the first modern games in 1896.

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