Olympic weightlifting champion Nijat Rahimov of Kazakhstan was stripped of his 2016 gold medal on Tuesday and banned eight years for doping.
The Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport stated the Kazakhstan lifter was responsible of “four urine substitutions” and disqualified from all his outcomes since March 2016.
Rahimov’s world file on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics was controversial even on the time. It got here one 12 months after he served a earlier ban for doping whereas competing for Azerbaijan.
His integrity was publicly doubted by rival Mohamed Mahmoud of Egypt, who took the bronze medal within the 77-kilogram class.
“Maybe after some doping controls, some things will change,” Mahmoud stated in Rio.
Mahmoud is now in line to get the silver medal with Chinese language nice Lyu Xiaojun prone to be upgraded to turn out to be a three-time Olympic champion.
At 37, Lyu grew to become the oldest males’s Olympic champion in weightlifting final 12 months in Tokyo by successful the 81 kg class.
Rahimov was ultimately caught as a part of the “Operation Arrow” investigation by the World Anti-Doping Company. The investigation started after German broadcaster ARD detailed widespread doping and corruption points within the sport and the Worldwide Weightlifting Federation.
CAS stated Rahimov can be banned till January 2029. He can problem the decision on the CAS enchantment division.