Kazakhstan's gymnast and weightlifter disqualified because of doping

07 August, 2018, 12:27 6283
Kazakhstan's gymnast and weightlifter disqualified because of doping

Ashirbayeva is excluded from performances until 2020, and Sedov until 2024. 


Artistic gymnast Sabina Ashirbayeva and weight lifter Vladimir Sedov were disqualified in the aftermath of possitive doping tests, Vesti.kz reports with a reference to aon official website of the National Anti-Doping Centre of Kazakhstan. 

From April to June of 2017, Ashirbayeva passed four positive tests on furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide and chlorothiazide. As a result, she was disqualified for two years - from June 7 2018 to June 7 2020. 

19-year-old Sabina Ashirbayeva has won the Asian Championships three times, won a 'bronze' medal in the 2014 Asian Games, won a 'silver' medal at the three Asia Championships. The gymnast took part in the 2016 Olympic Games, and in the next season she took the second place at the World Cup stage. In March of 2018, the athlete ended her career and became a trainer in the school of another former gymnast Anna Alyabeva in Shymkent.   

Vladimir Sedov was punished for the possitive doping test in the 2018 Olympic Games. In June 2016 after re-checking, stanozolol was found. At these Games, Sedov took the fourth place, however, the International Olympic Committee annulled his result. 

During his career, the Kazakhstani athlete won all types of medals of World Championships: a 'golden' medal - in 2009, a 'silver' medal - in 2014 and a 'bronze' medal - in 2011. In addition, he is a two-time champion of Asia- in 2009 and 2011. For him, the doping scandal with the 2008 Olympic Games was the second in his career. From 2006 to 2008, he was disqualified for the use of banned substances.  

Now, Sedov is excluded for eight years. According to the rules, its term counts from the date of announcing the failed test at the 2008 Olympic Games, that is from August 1, 2016, and will end in August 1, 2024. 

30-year-old Sedov has not taken part in competitions from June 2016, after the scandal with his participation at the Kazakhstan Championships. He climbed on the platform, but he did not lift some weights, and instead he took off his T-shirt, threw it away and left the platform and screemed: "I am the real Olympic champion". 

The T-shirt thrown by Sedov had an image of Russian weight lifter Aleksandr Ivanov who lost Ilya Ilyin at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and took the second place. 

The desicion to disqualify Ashirbayeva and Sedov was taken by the International Gymnastics Federation and the International Weightlifting Federation. 

Credit: World Weightlifting 

It was known earlier about the disqualification of another participant of the 2016 Olympic Games - athlete Yuliya Rakhmanova - and a number of other athletes. The full list can be seen here

We note that Kazakhstan after re-checking the tests from the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games lostt seven medals in weight lifting. Following the results of the 2008 Olympic Games, 'gold' medals were lost by Ilya Ilyin, 'silver' by Irina Nekrasova, and 'bronze' by Mariya Grabovetskaya. Following the 2012 Olumpic Games, 'gold' was returned by Ilyin, Svetlana Podobedova, Zulfiya Chinshanlo and Maiya Maneza.  Also, because of doping, in addition to Sedova, the results of the 2008 Olympic Games of Maneza (was removed before the start) were annulled, as well as these of Almas Uteshov, who was the sixth at the 2012 Olympic Games. 

The two-year disqualification of Chinshanlo and Maneza ended at the end of May of this year, and that of Ilyin - in June. Podobedova was disqualified for eight years, who as well as Maneza ended the career. Decisions on other weight lifters are still unknown, but Uteshov before the re-checking from the 2012 Olympic Games received a four-year disqualification because of the failed doping test from the 2015 World Championships, and Nekrasova and Grabovetskaya long ago finished their careers.