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Russian wrestler to go to court after IOC strips him of Olympics silver

November 17, 2016, 23:25 UTC+3 MOSCOW
On Thursday, the IOC issued an official statement saying it disqualified Khasan Baroev from the 2008 Beijing Olympics in which he won silver in the men’s 96-120 kg Greko-Roman wrestling event.
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Khasan Baroev

Khasan Baroev

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MOSCOW, November 17. /TASS/. Russian wrestler Khasan Baroev, a gold medallist of the 2004 Olympic Games, has told Tass that he decided to petition against the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to strip him of his silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.

On Thursday, the IOC issued an official statement saying it disqualified Khasan Baroev from the 2008 Beijing Olympics in which he won silver in the men’s 96-120 kg Greko-Roman wrestling event, after reanalysis of his samples from the Olympics resulted in a positive test for prohibited turinabol.

Shortly after that Baroev told Tass he would not go to court. "I have changed my mind, I will fight for myself and for my medal, and I will go to court," he says now.

Three more Russian athletes are on the IOC list. Weightlifters Khadzhimurat Akkaev and Dmitry Lapikov have been stripped of bronze medals for testing positive for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol). The IOC has also disqualified Elena Slesarenko, who competed in the women’s high jump event in which she ranked fourth.

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