Boltukaev Suspended for Anti-Doping Violation

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY (February 14) – United World Wrestling has suspended freestyle wrestler Anzor BOLTUKAEV (RUS) following violations of the organization’s anti-doping policy during the 2017 European Championships in Novi Sad, Serbia.

United World Wrestling issued the test May 3, 2017 and had it processed through a WADA-accredited laboratory in Seibersdorf, Austria.

Boltukaev’s test indicated the presence of Higenamine, which is Beta-2 Agonist under class S3 of WADA’s 2017 Prohibited List and is prohibited at all times (in and out-of-competition). According to UWW’s records, no Therapeutic Use Exemption was delivered by UWW to justify the presence of Higenamine in the wrestler’s system. 

The wrestler showed evidence that he unwittingly ingested the substance and could not have reasonably suspected his nutritional supplement has been tainted. A suspension of 10 months was imposed and will last until April 5, 2018. 

Boltukaev’s results obtained at the European Championship (2nd place, 97kg) are disqualified with all resulting consequences, including the forfeiture of his silver medal, his points and prizes. 

Below is a list of the new medal standings for the 2017 European Championships in in freestyle wrestling at 97kg.

2. Aliaksandr HUSHTYN (BLR)
3. Elizbar ODIKADZE (GEO)
3. Mihail Petrov GANEV (BUL)


IOC Determines Taymazov Fails London Re-Test

By United World Wrestling Press

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (July 26) – The IOC Disciplinary Commission (DC) rendered its decision against Artur TAYMAZOV (UZB) who failed a reanalysis of his anti-doping test at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Taymazov tested positive for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (oral turinabol).

The Uzbek wrestler had earned a gold medal in freestyle wrestling at 120kg and his removal will re-shuffle the order of medalists at the 2012 London Games. Komeil GHASEMI (IRI) will become the new gold medalist, Bilyal MAKHOV (RUS) remains silver, and Tervel DLAGNEV (USA) will be the newest bronze medalist.

Gold: Komeil GHASEMI (IRI)
Silver: Bilyal MAKHOV (RUS)
Bronze: Tervel DLAGNEV (USA)
Bronze: Daulet SHABANBAY (KAZ)

Taymazov may opt to appeal the IOC DC decision before CAS within 21 days. United World Wrestling will then determine the sanctions faced by the athlete.