Olympics: I.O.C strip Uzbek wrestler of London 2012 Bronze

Updated: November 19, 2012

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has  announced that it has disqualified Uzbek wrestler Soslan Tigiev from the men’s 74kg freestyle wrestling event during the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London, where he placed third.

Immediately after his participation in the event on 10 August, Tigiev, 29, provided a urine sample that tested positive for the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine.


Upon considering the recommendations of the IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Thomas Bach (Chairman), Denis Oswald and Göran Petersson, the IOC Executive Board decided:

I.          The athlete, Soslan Tigiev, Uzbekistan, wrestling:

(i)         is disqualified from the men’s 74kg freestyle wrestling event, where he placed third;

(ii)        is excluded from the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012;

(iii)       shall have his medal, diploma and medallist pin in the above-noted event withdrawn.


The Uzbekistan National Olympic Committee has been ordered to collect and  return the medal to the IOC as soon as possible and Tigiev’s bronze will be reallocated to  Hungarian, Gabor Hatos.


All bodies concerned with Wrestling, record keeping and the London Organising Committee LOCOG have been requested to amend all records accordingly.



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