Update: IOC strips Artur Taymazov of gold medal and Vasyl Fedoryshyn of silver medal from 2008 Beijing Olympics

By IOC | April 05, 2017, 12:01 p.m. (ET)
Artur Taymazov of Uzbekistan, pictured, was stripped of his gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.

The International Olympic Committee has stripped two men's freestyle wrestlers of their Olympic medals from the 2008 Olympic Games in Bejing, China, gold-medalist Artur Taymazov of Uzbekistan at 120 kg and silver-medalist Vasyl Fedoryshyn of Ukraine at 60 kg.

Based upon the results from Beijing, silver medalist Bakhtiyar Akhmedov (Russia) should move into the gold-medal at 120 kg, and David Musulbes (Slovakia) move up to a silver medal. Disney Rodriguez of Cuba would move up from fifth to a bronze medal.

At 60 kg, Kenichi Yumoto (Japan), who was a Bronze medalist, should move up to silver. Bazar Bazarguruev (Kyrgyzstan), previously fifth place, should get a bronze medal.

This is pending UWW announcement on these weight classes.

The USA entered Steve Mocco at 120 kg at the Beijing Games, where he placed seventh. He lost to Akhmedov in Beijing and was on the opposite side from Taymazov, therefore not moving him into a medal position. . At 60 kg, Mike Zadick lost to both Fedoryshyn and Bazarguruev but would not earn a medal based upon any adjustments..

Taymazov is considered one of the greatest freestyle wrestlers in history. He was a three-time Olympic champion, with golds in 2004 in Athens, 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London. He also won a 2000 Olympic silver medals. With the loss of his gold, Taymazov is still a two-time Olympic champion and three-time Olympic medalist at this point.

Below are the IOC announcements concerning the two wrestlers. They also sanctioned a weightlifter, Svetlana Tzarukaeva of Russia, who was stripped of a silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics.

The protection of clean athletes and the fight against doping are top priorities for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. To provide a level playing field for all clean athletes at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the IOC put special measures in place, including targeted pre-tests and the re-analysis of stored samples from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012, following an intelligence-gathering process that started in August 2015.

As part of this process, the IOC today announced that three athletes have been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012. The details follow.

Vasyl FEDORYSHYN, 36, of Ukraine, competing in the Men’s 55-60kg Freestyle wrestling event (1/8 Final, Quarter-final, Semi-final and Final), in which he ranked second and for which he was awarded a silver medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Re-analysis of Fedoryshyn’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (turinabol).

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Mr Denis Oswald (Chairman), Mrs Gunilla Lindberg and Dr Ugur Erdener, decided the following:
I. The Athlete, Vasyl FEDORYSHYN:
i. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use, of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
ii. is disqualified from the events in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, namely, the Men’s 55-60kg Freestyle wrestling event, in which he ranked second and for which he was awarded a silver medal, and
iii. has the silver medal, the diploma and the medallist pin obtained in the Men’s 55-60kg Freestyle wrestling withdrawn and is ordered to return these.
II. The UWW is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
III. The National Olympic Committee of Ukraine shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
IV. The National Olympic Committee of Ukraine shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the silver medal, the diploma and the medallist pin awarded in connection with the Men’s 55-60kg Freestyle wrestling event to the Athlete.
V. This decision enters into force immediately.
The full decision is available here.

Artur TAYMAZOV, 37, of Uzbekistan, competing in the Men’s 96-120kg Freestyle wrestling event, in which he ranked first and for which he was awarded a gold medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Re-analysis of Taymazov’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol) and stanozolol.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Mr Denis Oswald (Chairman), Mrs Gunilla Lindberg and Dr Ugur Erdener, decided the following:
I. The Athlete, Artur TAYMAZOV:
i. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use, of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
ii. is disqualified from the event in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, namely, the Men’s 96-120kg Freestyle wrestling event, in which he ranked first and for which he was awarded a gold medal, and
iii. has the gold medal, the diploma and the medallist pin obtained in the Men’s 96-120kg Freestyle wrestling event withdrawn and is ordered to return these.
II. The UWW is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
III. The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
IV. The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the gold medal, the diploma and the medallist pin awarded in connection with the Men’s 96-120kg Freestyle wrestling event to the Athlete.
V. This decision enters into force immediately.
The full decision is available here.