Briken Calja

Further Personal Information
Residence
Elbasan, ALB
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Albanian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 11 after joining the Shtermeni weightlifting club in Albania.
Club / Team
Shtermeni : Albania
Name of coach
Leonard Toska [club], ALB; Sokol Bishanaku [national]
International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Albania
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Santo Domingo, DOM
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Greek weightlifters Leonidas Sabanis and Pyrros Dimas. (Athlete, 24 Jul 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Achieve the best from myself." (Athlete, 24 Jul 2012)
Awards and honours
He received the Country Honour Award for his sport achievement from the City of Elbasan in 2019. (shqiptarja.com, 12 Jul 2019)

In 2018 he was honoured with the Knight of the Skanderbeg Order by the President of Albania. (albaniandailynews.com, 07 Dec 2018)

He was named one of the 2015 Best Athletes of the Year by the Albanian National Olympic Committee. (iwf.net, 14 Jan 2016)
Other information
SANCTION
He was suspended from the sport for two years after he tested positive for the banned substance androsterone at the 2013 Mediterranean Games in Mersin, Turkey. He served his suspension between June 2013 and June 2015. (antydoping.pl, 08 Aug 2016; panorama.com.al, 04 Jun 2014)

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