Sept. 24 (Reuters) – Russian wrestler Bilyal Makhov, who won a gold medal in the 120kg freestyle competition at the London Olympics, has been suspended for four years for an anti-doping rule violation, said the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).
The 34-year-old’s suspension is backdated to January 27, 2020, he said in a statement.
The TASS news agency reported that Makhov had tested positive for a banned substance and that a spokesperson for RUSADA said he had not provided a documented explanation for how she entered his hospital. body.
The agency added that Makhov’s representative told them the wrestler was banned for not reporting a medical preparation on his Therapeutic Use Clearance (TUE) list.
The Russian wrestling federation did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.
The three-time world champion initially won bronze alongside Iranian Komeil Ghasemi at the 2012 Games, but both wrestlers’ medals were reclassified to gold after runners-up Artur Taymazov and Davit Modzmanashvili were disqualified in 2019 for doping violations.
Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford
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