Ro­ma­nian weightlift­ing medal­ist fails Rio Olympic drug test

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

A Ro­ma­nian weightlifter who won a bronze medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics could lose his medal af­ter fail­ing a dop­ing test.

Gabriel Sin­cra­ian, who won bronze in the men’s 85-kilo­gram cat­e­gory in Rio, tested pos­i­tive for ex­cess testos­terone, the In­ter­na­tional Weightlift­ing Fed­er­a­tion said yes­ter­day. The test was con­nected to the Olympics, the IWF said with­out spec­i­fy­ing ex­actly when it was taken.

An IWF state­ment orig­i­nally listed Sin­cra­ian among a group of lifters who had been “dis­qual­i­fied” from the Olympics, but later clar­i­fied his case was not yet closed.

“There is no fi­nal de­ci­sion as re­gards the mea­sures and/or sanc­tions re­lat­ing to (Sin­cra­ian’s) Rio Olympic Games par­tic­i­pa­tion yet,” the IWF said.

De­ci­sions on Olympic dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tions and medals are up to the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee.

Sin­cra­ian re­turned last year from a two-year dop­ing ban for the banned steroid stanozolol. He could face an eight-year ban for a sec­ond of­fense, in line with usual IWF prac­tice.

If the IOC de­cides to re­al­lo­cate the medals, Sin­cra­ian’s bronze would pass to fourth­placed De­nis Ulanov of Kaza­khstan, whose en­tire team was al­most banned from the Olympics over re­peated drug test fail­ures.

Ro­ma­nian Weightlift­ing Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Nicu Vlad said Sin­cra­ian had been un­der a pro­vi­sional sus­pen­sion since Sept. 30 over the failed test, and that it could be linked to sup­ple­ments he had been tak­ing.

“He was asked if he still had (the sup­ple­ments), be­cause it would be good for them to be an­a­lyzed, and he said he didn’t,” Vlad told Ro­ma­nian news agency Ager­pres.

The en­tire Bul­gar­ian and Rus­sian weightlift­ing teams were banned from com­pet­ing in Rio due to re­peated dop­ing cases, while lifters from Poland, Tai­wan, Cyprus and Mon­go­lia failed tests ei­ther dur­ing or shortly be­fore the games.

Weightlift­ing has been rocked by dozens of failed drug tests from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics which turned up when sam­ples were retested by the IOC this year us­ing mod­ern tech­nol­ogy. More than 40 com­peti­tors have so far tested pos­i­tive in those retests, in­clud­ing sev­eral gold medal­ists. In one event from 2012, the orig­i­nal ninth-place fin­isher is in line to re­ceive a bronze medal be­cause six ath­letes who fin­ished above him have failed drug tests.

The In­ter­na­tional Weightlift­ing Fed­er­a­tion said that Sin­cra­ian, who won a bronze medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, will lose his medal af­ter fail­ing a dop­ing test Photo: AP

Jen­nica En­nis-Hill is one of the most suc­cess­ful sportswomen in Bri­tain Photo: AP

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