Volunteers pose for pictures ahead of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 15, 2018. / AFP / Mohd RASFAN
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Doping-ravaged weightlifting begins its Asian Games competition on Monday without a banned traditional powerhouse and with the sport's boss warning it would "slowly disappear" if it were to lose its Olympic status.No fewer than 12 world records were broken at an explosive 2014 Asiad in Incheon but now the sport needs to prove it can comply with world anti-doping standards to lift the threat of Olympic expulsion. Weightlifting is assured of its place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games but the drugs-tarnished sport is attempting a cultural change to prevent it being dropped from the program for Paris 2024 .The 2012 Olympic champions Om is just 1.51 meters (4ft 11in) tall and broke his own men's 56kg world record to win gold in Incheon four years ago, sparking exuberant celebrations.
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