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Russian wrestler Bilal Makhov, who won a gold medal in the 120kg freestyle at the London Olympics, has been banned for four years for anti-doping violations, according to the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSA).
The suspension order was backdated on January 2, 2020, a statement said.
The TASS news agency reported that Makhov had tested positive for a banned substance, and a spokesman for RUSADA said he had failed to provide a documented explanation of how it had entered his body.
The agency added that Makhav’s representative told them that the wrestler had been banned because he had failed to report medical readiness on his Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) list.
The Russian Wrestling Federation did not immediately respond to a request for comment by Reuters.
The three-time world champion first won bronze at the 2012 Games with Iranian Komel Ghasemi but both wrestlers’ medals rose to gold in 2019 after finalists Arthur Taimazov and David Modzmanashvili were disqualified for doping violations.

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