IOC demands that Kazakhstan athletes return Olympic awards
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is demanding that Kazakhstan athletes, who at one time violated anti-doping rules, return all the Olympic awards, Kazpravda.kz reports with reference to the National Olympic Committee of Kazakhstan.
In 2016, by the decisions of the IOC Disciplinary Commission and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the results of seven athletes from Kazakhstan in weightlifting and two wrestlers who participated in the XXIX and XXX Summer Olympics (Beijing 2008 and London 2012) were annulled due to anti-doping rule violation.
"According to the decisions, the athletes were disqualified with the annulment of all the results and the obligation to return all the awards received. Ilya Ilyin, Vladimir Sedov, Almas Uteshev and Zulfiya Chinshanlo returned all the awards," the report said.
It is noted that not all the athletes who broke the rules followed the order.
“Maria Grabovetskaya is obliged to return the bronze medal, but refuses and does not contact the federation. Maya Maneza and Irina Nekrasova hold the same position", - the RK NOC says.
In turn, Svetlana Podobedova said that she had lost her medal, won at the 2012 Olympics. She is looking for it.
“Difficulties arose in returning the silver medal from the 2008 Olympics won by freestyle wrestler Taimuraz Tigiev. The athlete refuses to return them too. At the same time, he is a citizen of the Russian Federation,” the committee explained.
Wrestler Aset Mambetov, who became the third in Beijing, sent a personal letter to the IOC disciplinary commission, objecting to the decision and refusing to hand in the award.
The National Olympic Committee repeatedly sent official letters to the weightlifting and wrestling federations.
"The National Olympic Committee is currently working on the fulfillment of mandatory regulations and decisions of the IOC Disciplinary Commission. The NOC has a clear policy of compliance with the rules and established norms. Refusal to return medals and non-compliance with the requirements of the IOC, and in general the rules of the Olympic Movement charters infringes on the interests of other athletes who are entitled to these medals. Therefore, we repeatedly called on our federations to fulfill all the prescriptions.
Several Kazakhstani athletes have already received awards after redistribution, the RK NOC said.