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Asian Games: First Doping Case is Turkmenistan Wrestler Nazarov

The Olympic Council of Asia issued a statement Friday saying Rustem Nazarov, who lost in the quarterfinals of the 57-kilogram division, was disqualified from the games after testing positive for the banned diuretic furosemide in a pre-games test.

Associated Press

Updated:August 25, 2018, 8:16 AM IST
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Asian Games: First Doping Case is Turkmenistan Wrestler Nazarov
Turkmenistan's Rustem Nazarov (in red) after losing his bout against India's Sandeep Tomar
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The first doping case of the Asian Games has been registered against a wrestler from Turkmenistan.

The Olympic Council of Asia issued a statement Friday saying Rustem Nazarov, who lost in the quarterfinals of the 57-kilogram division, was disqualified from the games after testing positive for the banned diuretic furosemide in a pre-games test.

The OCA says the 24-year-old Nazarov's urine test taken the day before the Asian Games opening ceremony showed the presence of furosemide, which can be used as a masking agent.

There were six doping cases at the last Asian Games held at Incheon, South Korea, in 2014.

The 2018 edition, being co-hosted in Jakarta and Palembang, runs through September 2.
| Edited by: Abhimanyu Sen
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