Several weightlifters were stripped of their medals this week following the discovery of PED use during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
“Weightlifting has a lot of problems,” Agapitov told reporters. “I have seen them over the years, the mistakes made, the liabilities. I wanted to help because weightlifting is not just my job, it’s my life.”
He continued (via Insidethegames.biz):
“It is an honour to have this job but there is a huge responsibility pressing on me – but I am not alone, the Government will help me, the IWF will help… The world needs Russian weightlifting. I don’t want to say we are not changeable, we understand our responsibility is greater than other countries because we started this sport, we had so many Olympic champions, and we have to continue. We are always at the centre of discussions… Who is tested most? Those who finish first, second, third – which is why the Russian and Soviet Bloc countries have been tested so often. If you test those who finish, fifth, sixth, seventh, the picture may change…
The problem is not just a problem of Russia but a problem of every country, a problem for the sport… We can’t just press a button and everything will change. We must involve the Government, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, WADA, the Ministry of Sport, the IWF and ask for their help.”