Wrestling faces a high risk of being “expelled” from Asia’s Olympic system after a Turkmenistan wrestler was found to be doping-positive in ASIAD 18.
According to the Asian Olympic Council (OCA), Turkmenistan’s athlete (athlete) tested Rustem Nazarov with furosemide banned during a test of urine samples taken before ASIAD this year. This was the first case of doping detection at ASIAD 18 and Nazarov was eliminated as well as canceled all results at the event in Indonesia. Previously, the 24-year-old wrestler competed in the men’s wrestling class of 57 kg and lost to India’s Sandeep Tomar with a score of 12-8.
The scandal made the possibility of eliminating the Olympic system of wrestling increasing after OCA has announced it will “expel” from ASIAD 3 sports with the most history of doping in the past 12 years. The OCA’s move comes after recording numerous cases of doping in the retest of 2008 and 2012 Olympic samples.
Accordingly, in addition to athletics and weightlifting, wrestling is also a blacklist with a series of high-performing athletes found using doping in recent years. Most recently, wrestler Chinu Sandhu (England) – who won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2014, was banned from competing for four years for doping violations last year; Three-time Olympic champion of Uzbekistan Artur Taymazov was stripped of the 2008 Olympic medal after re-analyzing the positive sample with banned substances.
According to the OCA, re-testing of samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics conducted last year by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) showed that wrestling had the third highest number of positive cases. , after weightlifting and athletics.
Nazarov is the latest Turkmenistan case to be discovered using doping in recent years at major sporting events. Previously, Umurbek Bazarbayev failed a doping test at the 2015 World Weightlifting Championships in the US and Yelena Ryabova competed in the same scandal at the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow (Russia).