IOC catches 2 wrestlers doping at Youth Olympics

Two 17-year-old wrestlers, including a silver medalist, failed

doping tests at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and have been

disqualified by the International Olympic Committee

The IOC said Friday that Nurbek Hakkulov of Uzbekistan and

Johnny Pilay from Ecuador tested positive for the banned diuretic

furosemide in urine samples taken after their events in August.

Hakkulov won a silver medal in the boys Greco-Roman 50-kilogram

class, while Pilay was fifth in the freestyle 63kg division.

Pilay has since been banned for two years by the anti-doping

panel of Ecuador’s Olympic committee.

The IOC said it has asked wrestling’s governing body, known as

FILA, and Uzbek and Ecuadorean Olympic officials to investigate the

circumstances of the failed tests, and speak with coaches and team


”The IOC is placing strong emphasis on investigating the

entourage of the athletes,” it said in a statement. ”The IOC also

clearly indicated that the two young athletes should be provided

with some additional support and information on the danger of


In its rulings, the IOC’s disciplinary panel said FILA should

consider the amount of cooperation the boys give in the

investigations before deciding on the bans they must serve.

Hakkulov’s silver medal could be awarded to third-placed

Shadybek Sulaimanov of Kyrgyzstan, while Cuba’s Johan Rodriguez

Banguela could move up from fourth to the bronze-medal


The IOC said it conducted 1,231 doping tests during the

inaugural youth games.

Samples are frozen for eight years and stored for future

analysis in the event that new tests are developed.