Russian weightlifter, Oleg Perepetchenov stripped of Athens bronze medal

Lausanne, Feb 14 (TruthDive): Russian weightlifter Oleg Perepetchenov, third in the 77 kg category, was stripped of his 2004 Athens Olympic bronze medal following sample retests on Tuesday by the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Executive Board for a doping offence.

Mark Adams, a spokesman told reporters that the International Olympic Committee has demanded the return of his medal and his diploma “as soon as possible” from the Russian Olympic Committee.

The board said in a statement that the anti-doping rules were violated by the Russian weightlifter but the board did not mention the prohibited substance, which Perepetchenov used, reports Xinhua.

The weightlifter is the latest athlete to be disqualified from Athens Games as positive reports were obtained from his stored sample.

Perepetchenov, born in Uzbekistan, has also won silver at 2001 and 2002 world championships. Now, Turkish weightlifter Reyhan Arabacioglu, who had finished fourth in Athens, will receive the bronze medal.

Last December, four other medallists from the Athens Games were stripped of their medals for doping offences.

Belarus’ Ivan Tikhon was stripped of his silver in the hammer, Ukraine’s Yuri Belonog of his gold metal in shot put, and Russian Svetlana Krivelyova and Irina Yatchenko of Belarus lost their bronze medals in the women’s shot put and discus respectively.

When these four athletes were striped off their medals, the IOC said that there was a fifth athlete, who could not be named at the time because of a delay in the procedure of his test.

From the Athens Olympic Games all dope tests done at the Olympics have been kept safely in a large deep freeze in the anti-doping laboratory’s basement in Lausanne for about eight years.

The IOC had asked the anti-doping laboratory to reanalyse the 105 tests taken during the Athens Olympic Games, which holds the unwanted record for the most failed dope tests in Olympic history.

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