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Friday, 19 August 2016

Olympic Weightlifter Stripped Of His Medal After Rat Poison Was Found In His System

A medalist at the Olympic Games has been stripped of his medal for a doping offence - after being found with rat poison in his system. Izzat Artykov of Kyrgyzstan has become the first medallist in Rio to test positive for a banned substance.

The substance detected in his body is strychnine, is a highly toxic alkaloid which is ordinarily used as a pesticide for killing rodents. When ingested, strychnine causes muscular convulsions before death through asphyxia.

In a statement is revealed that it was referring the case to the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) so that the bronze medal could be reallocated.

"The amendment of the official ranking of the men’s 69 kg weightlifting competition and the reallocation of the bronze medal is of the responsibility of the IWF and IOC," it said.

This is the first time in the history of the Olympic Games that the CAS is in charge of doping-related matters arising during the Games. 


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