Tripoli, 3 August:
Widespread speculation that Libyan weightlifter Ali Elkekli was dropped from the five-strong Olympic team because of doping was . . .[restrict]quashed tonight by the Olympic authorities.
Rowland Jack, a spokesman for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games told Libya Herald that the weightlifter had withdrawn because of an unspecified injury.
The spokesman said: “ I understand from the Weightlifting Sport Manager that the Libyan weightlifter was withdrawn at Verification of Final Entries on 26 July due to injury.”
It has not possible to contact the Libyan team management in London to establish the nature of Elkekli’s injury. [/restrict]