Russia says doping probe into deceased wrestler dropped

Russian Wrestling Federation said that Besik Kudukhov's sample from the 2012 Games was retested and found to be positive for turinabol.

By: AP | Moscow | Published:October 24, 2016 8:40 pm
besik-kudukhov-m Besik Kudukhov won the silver medal in the men’s freestyle 60-kg at the 2012 Olympics. (Source: Reuters)

Russia says the International Olympic Committee has dropped an investigation into a deceased wrestler who allegedly tested positive for a banned steroid when an old sample was retested.

Besik Kudukhov won the silver medal in the men’s freestyle 60-kilogram class at the 2012 Olympics and died the following year in a car crash.

The Russian Wrestling Federation says in a statement his sample from the 2012 Games was retested this year and found to be positive for the steroid turinabol. The case was passed to an IOC disciplinary commission, which ended its investigation last week with no action taken, the federation says.

The IOC, which has not acknowledged any positive test by Kudukhov, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Kudukhov also won bronze at the 2008 Olympics.