Weightlifter Tigran Martirosyan Stripped of 2008 Olympics Bronze

Tigran Martirosyan is stripped from his bronze medal in weightlifting from the 2008 Beijing Olympics (Photo: Damien Meyer/Getty Images)
Tigran Martirosyan is stripped from his bronze medal in weightlifting from the 2008 Beijing Olympics (Photo: Damien Meyer/Getty Images)

Tigran Martirosyan is stripped from his bronze medal in weightlifting from the 2008 Beijing Olympics (Photo: Damien Meyer/Getty Images)

YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—Armenian weightlifter Tigran Martirosyan, 28, who competed in the 2008 Olympic games in the Men’s 69kg weightlifting competition, has been disqualified from his bronze medal, according to the IOC Disciplinary Commission.

Reanalysis of Martirosyan’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances stanozolol and dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

Martirosyan with his bronze medal in 2008 (Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Martirosyan with his bronze medal in 2008 (Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

“The Athlete, Tigran Martirosyan 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), is disqualified from the Men’s 69kg weightlifting event in which he participated upon the occasion of the  Olympic Games Beijing 2008, has the bronze medal, the diploma and the medalist pin obtained in the Men’s 69kg weightlifting event withdrawn, and is ordered to return these.

The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.

The National Olympic Committee of Armenia shall ensure full implementation of this decision.

The National Olympic Committee of Armenia shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medal, the medalist pin and the diploma awarded in connection with the Men’s 69kg weightlifting event to the Athlete.

This decision enters into force immediately.”

Other athletes disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 include Alexandru Dudoglu of Moldova, Nadezda Evstyukhina of Russia, Tatyana Firova of Russia, Marina Shainova of Russia and Intigam Zairov of Azerbaijan.

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