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Norayr Vardanyan

Armenian weightlifter
The basics
Date of birth Gyumri, Shirak Region, Armenia
Father: Yurik Vardanyan
The details

Norayr (Norik) Vardanyan (Armenian: Նորայր Վարդանյան, born 15 May 1987 in Leninakan, Armenian SSR) is an Armenian and American weightlifter.

Norayr is the son of legendary Soviet weightlifter Yurik Vardanyan (1956-2018). He competed for Armenia in the 94 kg weight class at the 2012 Summer Olympics where he placed 11th. He was also the Silver Medalist at the 2015 Pan American Games.

On 6 October 2016, the IWF reported that as a consequence of the IOC's reanalyses of samples from the 2012 Olympic Games, a sample produced by Norayr Vardanyan, who represented Armenia, had returned a positive result. In line with the relevant rules and regulations, the IWF imposed a mandatory provisional suspension upon Vardanyan, who will remain provisionally suspended until his case is closed. On 12 January 2017 it was confirmed that because of a doping violation he had been disqualified from the 2012 Olympic Games.

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