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.