Former Womens Weightlifting World Record Holder Suspended for 8 Years After Steroid Positive

Lin Tzu-Chi, the former women’s olympic weightlifting world record holder in the under-63 kilogram category, has been suspended for 8 years following a second positive drug test for anabolic steroids.

Tzu-Chi tested positive for anabolic steroids in an out-of-competition anti-doping test administered in Taiwan on June 24, 2016. Tzu-Chi was informed of the steroid positive only days before the start of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. The Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC) immediately suspended Tzu-Chi after it received notification of the potential anti-doping rule violation (ADRV).

The June 2016 ADRV was the second time that Tzu-Chi had tested positive for anabolic steroids. She previously tested positive for steroids in 2010. Tzu-Chi served a 2-year suspension before returning to competition. Unfortunately, Tzu-Chi missed the 2012 London Olympics due to her suspension.

The CTOC tried to suspend Tzu-Chi for a period of only 2 years in her most doping case. However, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) felt that the suspension was too lenient since it was the second time Tzu-Chi had a steroid positive. WADA appealed the ruling to the CAS.

WADA argued that an athlete caught doping for the second time should be sentenced to an 8-year period of ineligibility. The CAS agreed and upheld WADA’s appeal.

Tzu-Chi established two women’s world records in the 63-kilogram weight class with a clean and jerk lift of 145-kilograms and a total combined lift of 261-kilograms at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

In a much-anticipated rivalry, the Taiwanese weightlifter Tzu-Chi was expected to battle Chinese weightlifter Deng Wei for a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics. In Tzu-Chi’s absence, Wei dominated the competition and set a new world record of 262-kilograms in the 63-kilograms women’s total on August 9, 2016. This was just 1-kilogram more than Tzu-Chi’s world record.

The 8-year suspension will effectively end Tzu-Chi’s lifting career. She will now miss the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2024 Paris Olympics.


Morgan, L. (November 15, 2018). Former weightlifting world record holder Lin banned for eight years by CAS after WADA win appeal. Retrieved from

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