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Kienbaum, Germany (dpa) - The sport director of the German Weightlifting Federation (BDG) believes lifters from Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan will not be banned from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Associations which have three athletes tested positive for doping in retrospective analysis of samples from the 2008 or 2012 Games are to be banned for a year but this only comes into effect when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has concluded disciplinary proceedings.

"I have no hope that the IOC process from Beijing and London will have been completed by Rio," Frank Mantek told reporters at a media day for the German Olympic team in Kienbaum on Thursday.

Kazakhstan has had 27 positive doping cases in the last four years, Belarus 14 and Russia 13,

"It would be especially bitter if these nations are allowed to start with a full contingent in Rio", Mantek said.

Bulgaria, who had 11 doping cases in 2015, are the only nation banned from weightlifting in Rio, where the Olympics run August 5-21.

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