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Thursday, August 18, 2016
Olympic weightlifter stripped of bronze medal after being found with RAT POISON in his system
A medallist at the Olympic Games has been stripped of his medal for a doping offence - after being found with RAT POISON in his system.
Izzat Artykov of Kyrgyzstan has become the first medallist in Rio to test positive for a banned substance.
But while drug cheats often seek to gain an advantage by staying one step ahead of WADA, using chemicals that are invisible to current testing methods, Artykov was old school.
The substance detected in his body is strychnine, is a highly toxic alkaloid which is ordinarily used as a pesticide for killing rodents.
When ingested, strychnine causes muscular convulsions before death through asphyxia.
Those convulsions had been thought to be beneficial in tiny doses in the past, and in the late 19th and early 20th centuries it was used in small doses as an athletic performance enhancer, and recreational stimulant.
Strychnine was widely used in the early days of the Tour de France appears on the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of banned substances.
In fact strychnine was used in what is recorded as the first ever instance of drug use in the modern Olympics.
At the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri, Thomas Hicks won the marathon thanks in part to several doses of strychnine, egg whites and brandy administered by his trainer mid-race, historians say.
But, as a Department of Health report points out, 'small increases could potentially be fatal'.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed the news on Thursday.
In a statement is revealed that it was referring the case to the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) so that the bronze medal could be reallocated.
"The amendment of the official ranking of the men’s 69 kg weightlifting competition and the reallocation of the bronze medal is of the responsibility of the IWF and IOC," it said.
This is the first time in the history of the Olympic Games that the CAS is in charge of doping-related matters arising during the Games.
The new structure handles doping cases referred to it in accordance with the IOC Anti-doping Rules. The CAS ADD adjudicates on cases after hearing from the parties concerned.
It may also impose provisional suspensions pending the conclusion of the procedure. Final decisions rendered by the CAS ADD may be appealed before the CAS ad hoc Division in Rio or before the CAS in Lausanne after the end of the Olympic Games