Uzbekistani 74kg freestyle wrestler Soslan Tigiev is set to become the second athlete to be stripped of their 2012 Olympic medal after he tested positive for a banned substance following his bronze medal performance in London.
Tigiev tested positive for the methylhexaneamine, a stimulant that doubles as a nasal decongestant and a dietary supplement. IOC officials told the AP that Tigiev was tested Aug. 10 after winning his bronze medal match, but the result wasn’t confirmed until after competition ended Aug 12.
Tigiev’s case remained confidential while it was investigated by the IOC disciplinary board, which eventually suggested Tigiev be disqualified and his medal be revoked. The findings were submitted to the executive board for ratification and all votes were due to be mailed in by Monday.
Tigiev, who still owns a silver from Beijing, joins Belarusian female shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk as the only two London athletes stripped of their medals from the more than 5,000 blood and urine samples taken before, during, and after the Games. Seven other athletes found guilty of doping were banned before the Olympics.
Ostapchuk lost her gold and was banned from competition for a year – a reduced suspension – after her coach confessed to spiking her food with the anabolic steroid metenolone leading up to the Games.
Tigiev will be stripped of his medal and Hungary’s Gabor Hatos, who lost to Tigiev in a bronze medal match will slide up to bronze. America’s Jordan Burroughs took gold in the event.
Fenway Park will host some of the world’s best snowboarders in the one-of-a-kind Big Air at Fenway, live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra on Thursday night.
Snowboard big air riders will descend from a jump that’s four times higher than the Green Monster inside the hallowed Boston Red Sox home.
The finalists include U.S. Olympic slopestyle champion Sage Kotsenburg and women’s Winter X Games champion Spencer O’Brien of Canada. U.S. Olympic slopestyle champion Jamie Anderson was eliminated in earlier qualifying.
Snowboard big air, like slopestyle except riders get one jump per run, will debut at the Olympics at Pyeongchang 2018.
WATCH LIVE: Big Air at Fenway — 8:30 p.m. ET
Big Air at Fenway continues with ski big air Friday at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN and Live Extra.
The World Anti-Doping Agency says Kenya is being investigated for breaching the global anti-doping code.
WADA says an independent compliance review committee will now evaluate Kenya and make a recommendation to WADA’s board on whether the country should be declared non-compliant with the code.
WADA says it asked Kenyan authorities to show commitment to setting up a national anti-doping agency, but “we have not yet received the details nor the assurances we need from Kenya and, therefore, this is now a matter for our independent compliance process.”
Although being declared non-compliant is unlikely to bring sanctions for athletes, it would be another embarrassment for the East African country, which is under severe scrutiny for its doping record.
WADA expects a decision on Kenya’s status in a few weeks.
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