Update: Egypt’s Aly Hamdy also tested positive for doping in the men’s freestyle -97kg. The quota has been transferred to Guinea-Bissau via Bedopassa Buassat.
United World Wrestling has announced some changes to the qualification list. The changes are due to athletes who qualified their nation getting caught doping. Following the qualification document the next highest ranked athlete from the event where the doping infraction occurred qualified their nation to the Olympics. This caused some confusion in two weight classes because the newly qualified nation had qualified in a subsequent event meaning that spot also had to be reallocated. In total seven athletes in five events have been caught doping.
In the men’s Greco-Roman -85kg event Kyrgyzstan’s Zhanarbek Kenzheev was caught doping in the Asian Olympic Qualifier. The Olympic quota was reallocated to India via Ravinder Khatri’s bronze medal performance.
In the women’s freestyle events there were two doping cases. In the -53kg event Mongalia’s Sumiya Erdenechimeg was caught doping in the Asian Olympic Qualifier meaning the quota has been reallocated to India via Kumari Babita. Similarly in the -58kg Ukraine’s Okasan Herhel was caught doping in the European Olympic Qualifier, moving the quota to Moldova via Mariana Cherdivara Esanu.
The men’s freestyle events are bit more complicated. In the -65kg event both Magomedmurad Gadzhiev of Poland and Andriy Kvyatkovskyy of Ukraine were caught doping during the European Olympic Qualifier. This would transfer the quotas to Georgia via Zurabi IakoBishvili and Armenia via Devid Safaryan. This caused Georgia’s spot won during the 1st World Olympic Qualifier to transfer to Bulgaria via Boris Novachkov and subsequently Bulgaria’s spot won during the 2nd World Olympic Qualifier will be transferred to the United States via Frank Molinaro.
Similarly in the men’s freestyle -125kg event both Ukraine’s Allen Zasieiev and Belarus’ Yusup Jalilau were caught doping during the European Olympic Qualifier. The quotas were now transferred to Bulgaria via Lyuben Iliev and Hungary via Daniel Ligeti. Hungary’s spot won during the 1st World Olympic Qualifier should have been transferred to Bulgaria, but Bulgaria has already qualified through the European qualifier meaning the quota has been given to Kyrgyzstan via Aiaal Lazarev.
There is the possibility that more suspensions could occur in the future, though it would likely be from athletes which only compete in one of the two World Qualification Tournaments.
Quotas by Nations (Net Changes)
- India – +2
- Armenia – +1
- Bulgaria – +1
- Moldova – +1
- United States – +1
- Kyrgyzstan – 0
- Belarus – -1
- Mongolia – -1
- Poland – -1
- Ukraine – -3