Olympics - Rus­sian weightlifter fails retest of Olympic dop­ing sam­ple

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Rus­sian weightlifter Khadzhimu­rat Akkayev has failed a retest of his dop­ing sam­ple from the 2012 Olympics. The In­ter­na­tional Weightlift­ing Fed­er­a­tion says Akkayev’s sam­ple, taken shortly be­fore the Lon­don Games, was found to con­tain the banned steroid turin­abol, and a dis­ci­plinary case was un­der­way. Akkayev pulled out of the 2012 Olympics, cit­ing an in­jury, be­fore he was due to com­pete in the 105-kilo­gram class. The Rus­sian has pre­vi­ously been stripped of his 94kg bronze from the 2008 Olympics for a separate dop­ing of­fense, though he re­mains the 94kg sil­ver medal­ist from the 2004 Games. More than 100 ath­letes from var­i­ous sports have tested pos­i­tive dur­ing In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee retests from the 2008 and 2012 Games, in­clud­ing dozens of the world’s top weightlifters.

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