Posted: Thursday July 26, 2012 1:13 PM

Kazakhstan seeks late changes for Olympics

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LONDON (AP) - Kazakhstan is trying to replace two of its Chinese-born male Olympic weightlifters, possibly because of citizenship issues.

The two are Arli Chontei in the 56-kilogram category and Farkhad Kharki in the 62-kilogram class.

International Weightlifting Federation spokeswoman Aniko Nemeth-Mora said Thursday that Kazakhstan is citing medical reasons. However, Kazakh weightlifting official Mendikhan Tapsiruly told The Associated Press that "this is most likely to do with the fact they were granted citizenship recently.''

Two other lifters in Kazakhstan's team were recruited from China, while one switched nationalities from Russia.

It wasn't immediately clear Thursday who would replace Chontei and Kharki for the weekend competitions.
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