Kazakh weightlifter Ilyin stripped of 2 Olympic gold medals

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Kaza­khstan weightlifter Ilya Ilyin, one of the sport's big­gest names, has been stripped of his two Olympic gold medals.

The In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee stripped Ilyin of the gold medals he won in 2008 and 2012, both in the 94-kilo­gram class, the Kaza­khstan Olympic Com­mit­tee said in a state­ment yes­ter­day. The IOC has yet to com­ment.

As well as los­ing his medals, Ilyin is set to re­ceive a lengthy ban from the In­ter­na­tional Weightlift­ing Fed­er­a­tion.

Sam­ples Ilyin gave at the Bei­jing and Lon­don Games were retested this year us­ing im­proved de­tec­tion tech­niques. Banned steroids stanozolol and turin­abol were found in Ilyin's sam­ples, the IWF said in June.

Ilyin is one of the big­gest celebri­ties in weightlift­ing with over 400,000 fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram, and he's the only ath­lete to win two Olympic gold medals for Kaza­khstan.

The IOC re­anal­ysed more than 1,000 stored sam­ples from the Bei­jing and Lon­don Games. The new tests can de­tect the use of steroids go­ing back weeks and months, rather than days.

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