Weight Lifting Website Hacked as Iranian Fans Protest Judgment

Fans showed their disapproval of a judgment that went against Behdad Salimikordasiabi of Iran in the clean and jerk portion of a men’s weight lifting event at the Rio Games.

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Iranian fans who were outraged after judges denied one of Iran’s most prominent weight lifters his second Olympic medal took to their computers in protest.

The International Weightlifting Federation’s website was down for a couple of days afterward, the federation said in a statement; it had been hacked by Iranian fans.

“Due to the persisting attacks, we are unable to guarantee the origin and authenticity of some of the content being posted,” the federation said.

The attacks, which began on Wednesday, came after the final weight lifting event of the Rio Games, the men’s superheavyweight competition, featuring lifters starting at 105 kilograms, or roughly 230 pounds.

In that event, judges voted to invalidate the lift of Behdad Salimikordasiabi of Iran, who had won gold at the 2012 Summer Games in…

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