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Doping: Russian boxer, Romanian weightlifter stripped of Rio medals

Russia's Misha Aloian and Romania's Gabriel Sincraian will lose their Rio medals, after losing their doping appeals at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The decision precedes another major report on Russian doping.

Brasilien Rio de Janeiro Misha Aloian (picture-alliance/Photoshoot)

Misha Aloian won silver in the ring for Russia

A day before the next installment of the so-called McLaren report investigating alleged state-sponsored doping in Russia, two Rio 2016 medalists have been stripped of their summer titles for failing doping tests.

Romanian weightlifter Gabriel Sincraian will lose his bronze in the men's 85kg weightlifting.

Brasilien Rio de Janeiro Gabriel Sincraian (picture-alliance/dpa/L. W. Smith)

Gabriel Sincraian's bronze came in the 85kg Group A category

"Sincraian is found to have committed an anti-doping violation after testing positive for exogenous testosterone … during an in-competition doping control on August 12, 2016," a statement from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, said.

Meanwhile, Russian boxer Misha Aloian's positive test results were upheld by the CAS - having tested positive for tuaminoheptane on August 21. He therefore loses his silver medal from the 52kg weight category.

Tuaminoheptane is a nasal decongestant drug designed to make people breathe more easily and is on the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of banned substances. Exogenous testosterone is synthetically-generated testosterone typically used to treat people with hormone deficiencies; again, it's on WADA's blacklist.

msh/jh (AFP, AP, dpa)

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