Rus­sian weightlifter loses 2012 Olympic sil­ver in dope case

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Rus­sian weightlifter Apti Aukhadov was stripped of his sil­ver medal from the 2012 Lon­don Olympics yes­ter­day after test­ing pos­i­tive for steroids in a re­anal­y­sis of his dop­ing sam­ples.

Aukhadov tested pos­i­tive for turin­abol and drostanolone and was retroac­tively dis­qual­i­fied from the Lon­don Games, the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee said.

Aukhadov, who is from the Chech­nya re­gion and was 19 at the time of the Lon­don Games, was or­dered to re­turn his sil­ver medal in the 85-kilo­gram divi­sion.

He is the lat­est ath­lete to be of­fi­cially sanc­tioned by the IOC fol­low­ing retest­ing of more than 1,000 dop­ing sam­ples from the Lon­don Olympics and 2008 Bei­jing Games.

The IOC stores sam­ples for 10 years so they can be retested when im­proved meth­ods be­come avail­able. The IOC has re­ported 98 pos­i­tive cases from re­cent test­ing of Lon­don and Bei­jing sam­ples.

The IOC or­dered the in­ter­na­tional weightlift­ing fed­er­a­tion to ad­just the Lon­don weightlift­ing re­sults and con­sider any fur­ther sanc­tions against Aukhadov, who could face a ban of at least two years. His gold medals from the 2013 world cham­pi­onships and Eu­ro­pean cham­pi­onships could also be an­nulled by the IWF.

If the IOC re­al­lo­cates the Lon­don Olympic medals, Iran's Kianoush Rostami is in line to be pro­moted to the sil­ver, and Tarek Ye­hia of Egypt to the bronze. The gold medal was won by Adrian Zielin­ski of Poland, who was barred from this year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics after fail­ing a drug test ahead of the games.

An IOC dis­ci­plinary com­mis­sion re­port said Aukhadov ini­tially replied that he was "shocked" by the retest re­sult and did not ac­cept the find­ing. How­ever, he did not at­tend the open­ing and retest­ing of the backup "B'' sam­ple, or at­tend a hear­ing, or put up any fur­ther de­fense.

"Be­yond al­leg­ing to be shocked, the ath­lete does not bring forth any ex­pla­na­tion in re­spect of the fact that two dif­fer­ent an­abolic steroids were found in his sam­ple," the three-man panel said.

The IOC also an­nounced Tues­day that Ukrainian pole vaulter Maksym Mazuryk was dis­qual­i­fied from the Lon­don Games, where he fin­ished 18th, after test­ing pos­i­tive for turin­abol in a re­anal­y­sis of his stored sam­ples.

The IOC dis­ci­plinary panel said Mazuryk was tested in Kiev in July 2012 be­fore the games. He ac­cepted the pos­i­tive find­ing and did not re­quest a retest­ing of the "B'' sam­ple.

2012 photo of Apti Aukhadov with the sil­ver medal

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