The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has stripped Kazakh weightlifter Nijat Rahimov of his Olympic gold medal, and also banned him from weightlifting for a term of eight years due to several doping violations.
He was found guilty of four urine substitutions which falls under the “use of a prohibited method” category under International Weightlifting Federation’s (IWF) anti-doping rules.
Rahimov, 28, won an Olympic gold medal in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics in the 77kg competition. He also won gold at the World Championships in 2015, and was previously banned for two years in 2013 due to a positive drug test.
The CAS said in a statement, “Nijat Rahimov was found to be responsible for four urine substitutions which constitute anti-doping rule violations of ‘use of a prohibited method’ under Article 2.2 of the IWF Anti-Doping Rules.”
“The Sole Arbitrator determined the appropriate sanction would be an eight-year period of ineligibility and the disqualification of all competitive results from March 15, 2016.”
Rahimov would become the fifth athlete and third weightlifter to have their Olympic medal from the Rio 2016 Games stripped, all due to doping violations.
Lu Xiaojun of China won the silver medal in the 77kg contest in Rio, while Mohamed Ehab of Egypt won bronze. Chatuphum Chinnawong of Thailand finished fourth.