November 7, 2012

Wrestler stripped of bronze

The Associated Press

An Olympic wrestler from Uzbekistan was stripped of his bronze medal from the London Games because of a positive doping test, officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Two officials with knowledge of the decision said the International Olympic Committee disqualified Soslan Tigiev, a freestyle wrestler who won bronze in the 74-kilogram class.

Tigiev tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine, and the result wasn't confirmed until after the games finished Aug. 12, the officials said. The case has remained confidential while going through the IOC's disciplinary process.

Hungary's Gabor Hatos will be upgraded to bronze.

Tigiev became the second athlete from the London Olympics stripped of a medal because of a doping violation.

Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus had her gold in the women's shot put revoked by the IOC after testing positive for the steroid metenolone.

An IOC disciplinary panel investigated Tigiev's case and recommended his disqualification and loss of the medal. The findings were submitted for ratification to the ruling IOC executive board, whose members voted by mail. Monday was the deadline for responses.

Tigiev -- who won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the same event -- tested positive in London on Aug. 10 after defeating Hatos.

 

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