Weightlifter Dmytro Chumak Provisionally Suspended for Doping Bribery Allegations

The Ukranian and coach Matsokha Mykhailo face five total doping evasion and bribery charges by the International Testing Agency.

Ukrainian Weightlifter Dmytro Chumak has been charged with three violations of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Anti-Doping Rules for attempts to “evade and bribe” doping control officers, according to Inside The Games. The charges, which also involve Chumak’s coach, Matsokha Mykhailo, are related to an out-of-competition testing mission conducted by the International Testing Agency (ITA) — which conducts anti-doping duties for the IWF — on May 6, 2021.

Per the ITA’s report, the 30-year-old Chumak has been charged for violations of the following articles in the IWF Anti-Doping Rules:

  • Article 2.2 — Use or attempted use of a prohibited substance.
  • Article 2.3 — Evading and refusing sample collection.
  • Article 2.5 — Tampering or attempted tampering with any part of doping control.

Mykhailo has been charged for violations of:

  • Article 2.5
  • Article 2.9 — Complicity or attempted complicity involving anti-doping rules violation.

Both Chumak and Mykhailo were informed of their violations and “provisionally suspended until the resolution of the matter.”


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Dmytro Chumak Career Highlights

Chumak is a three-time EWF European Weightlifting Champion in three different weight classes:

  • 2017 European Weightlifting Championships — Split, Croatia, 94-kilogram class
  • 2019 European Weightlifting Championships — Batumi, Georgia, 102-kilogram class
  • 2021 European Weightlifting Championships — Moscow, Russia, 109-kilogram class

Additionally, Chumak is the 2020 IWF World Cup champion of the 109-kilogram class and medaled in half of his appearances at the IWF World Championships:

  • 2015 IWF World Championships — Bronze, 94-kilogram class
  • 2018 IWF World Championships — Silver, 102-kilogram class

Chumak made his Olympic Games debut in the 94-kilogram class (which is no longer a weight class as of 2018) at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and placed sixth overall with the following stats:

  • Snatch174 kilograms (383.6 pounds)
  • Clean & Jerk — 213 kilograms (469.6 pounds)
  • Total — 387 kilograms (853.2 pounds)

Both Chumak and Mykhailo have the right to request a hearing if “should they not accept the consequences” of their suspensions, including not being eligible for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. To secure his place at the Games, Chumak will have to prove his innocence by July 5, 2021.

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