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IOC decides against stripping late Russian freestyle wrester of 2012 Olympics silver

October 24, 2016, 17:26 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Besik Kudukhov was killed in a car crash in December 2013
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MOSCOW, October 24. /TASS/. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) made a decision against stripping Russia’s late freestyle wrestler Besik Kudukhov of his 2012 Summer Olympics silver medal after the reanalysis of his doping sample tested positive for performance enhancing drugs, a senior official with the Russian Wrestling Federation (RWF) said on Monday.

"The investigation in regard to the Russian wrestler, who had been killed in a car accident, has been closed," a statement posted on the official website of the RWF quoted federation’s First Deputy President Georgy Bryusov as saying.

The RWF added in its statement that Kudukhov’s doping sample, collected at the 2012 Games in London, tested positive for banned substance turinabol following the reanalysis, however the IOC Disciplinary Commission made a decision on October 19 to stop an investigation against the late Russian athlete, who was killed in a car accident in December 2013.

India’s TV channel NDTV reported in August that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) detected traces of banned substances in Kudukhov’s doping samples and IOC President Thomas Bach ordered to set up a special Disciplinary Commission to investigate the issue.

The Executive Board of the world’s governing Olympic body convened a special session on May 17 discussing efforts of stepping up the fight against the drugs cheats and furnish measures to protect clean athletes ahead of the Olympics in Rio. As part of its anti-doping efforts, IOC ordered reanalysis of doping samples of athletes from 2008 Olympics in Beijing and 2012 Olympics in London.

Following two rounds of re-testing, a total of 98 Olympians registered positive for banned substances - 60 from the 2008 Games and 38 from the 2012 Games. Among them were 23 medalists from both Olympics.

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