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Weightlifting federations for three states in India are all set to be banned after more than two lifters from each state were caught in a doping cloud at national level competitions in the last one year, reports Times of India. The state Federations of Punjab, Haryana and Karnataka are the three organisations that will be affected by the ban. The Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) has reportedly adopted a very strict approach to deal with faulty state federations who have reported positive results in National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) conducted tests. Earlier, the national federation had also meted out this punishment to offending units like Services Sports Control Board and the state of Uttar Pradesh. "If the lifters who tested positive during the nationa championship are included, the number of violations for the federations are more than two," an IWLF official was quoted as saying by TOI. "It is quite natural that the Federations will be banned." "Some more reports are going to come soon from NADA, from Junior as well as senior categories. Then the picture will be clearer," the official added. TOI also reports that 2 lifters who participated in the Khelo India Youth Games were reported as testing positive after two rounds of tests conducted by NADA. What is also noteworthy that before the KIY Games in Pune, lifters who had tested positive at the Youth and Junior National Weightlifting Championship less than a month back had not only participated in the KIYG event but had also ended up winning medals. The Junior and Youth Nationals took place from December 14-22 in Nagpur and there were reportedly 8 lifters who tested positive for banned substances. By banning the state federations and the previous incidents regarding SSCB and the UP Weightlifting board, the IWLF wishes to set a strong preceedent highlighting their intolerance of dope-related offenders in a sport that has long been plagued by it.