American weightlifter Norik Vardanian has tested positive for a banned substance in a sample he provided while competing for Armenia at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Vardanian has been provisionally suspended by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) after he produced a positive test for the anabolic steroid dehydrochlormethyltestosterone.
The 29-year-old was born in Armenia and represented that country when he finished 11th in the 94 kilograms class at London 2012.
He is the son of Yurik Vardanyan, the 1980 Olympic 82.5kg gold medallist and former Minister of Sport in Armenia.
Norik Vardanian has since switched to represent the US, winning silver at last year's Pan American Games in Toronto.
Vardanian was previously banned for six months in 2009 after testing positive for cannabis.
Six more competitors from his event at London 2012 are already facing disqualification after International Olympic Committee (IOC) retests.
It means Iran’s Saeid Mohammadpour, who originally finished fifth, is in line to claim the gold medal.
Bronze could end up with Poland’s Tomasz Zieliński, who was ninth, after third-place finisher Anatoli Ciricu of Moldova produced a positive test for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone last month.
Ciricu had been in line to receive the gold medal, with the initial winner Ilya Ilyin of Kazakhstan and runner-up Aleksandr Ivanov of Russia having also failed tests.
The IWF revealed their positive samples from the retests in July, but the final outcome of their cases have yet to be confirmed.
With fourth-place finisher Andrey Demanov of Russia, a double European champion, having also been implicated in the retests, Mohammadpour could be elevated to the gold medal.
Sixth and seventh-place finishers Intiqam Zairov of Azerbaijan and Almas Uteshov of Kazakhstan have also been implicated in the retests, which result in the silver and bronze medals being awarded to the eighth and ninth-place finishers in London.
News of a potential bronze medal for Zieliński came just a month after he was sent home from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
It emerged that he failed a test for banned anabolic steroid nandrolone at the National Championships in July.
His older brother Adrian, winner of the the under 85kg division at London 2012, was also sent home from Rio 2016 after also testing positive for nandrolone.
Moldova appear set to receive a one-year ban from weightlifting following Ciricu’s positive test, with the country having had three positives in the IOC retests.
The IWF Executive Board ruled that countries which produce three or more anti-doping rule violations in the combined re-analysis of samples from the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics face being banned.
Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine are all facing the prospect on a ban, should all outstanding cases be confirmed.
Only nine of the 48 failures to have been published have been formally confirmed by the IOC.
List of weightlifters announced by IWF who have been implicated in the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic retests:
|15.06.2016||Apti Aukhadov||Russia||London 2012||Men’s 85kg||Second||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, Drostanolone|
|15.06.2016||Boyanka Kostova||Azerbaijan||London 2012||Women’s 58kg||Fourth||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, Stanozolol|
|15.06.2016||Svetlana Podobedova||Kazakhstan||London 2012||Women’s 75kg||First||Stanozolol|
|15.06.2016||Dzina Sazanavets||Belarus||London 2012||Women’s 69kg||Fourth||Drostanolone, Stanozolol|
|15.06.2016||Maryna Shkermankova||Belarus||London 2012||Women’s 69kg||Third||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, Stanozolol|
|15.06.2016||Yuliya Kalina||Ukraine||London 2012||Women’s 58kg||Third||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone|
|15.06.2016||Yauheni Zharnasek||Belarus||London 2012||Men’s over 105kg||Ninth||Dehydrochlormethytestosterone, Stanozolol, Oxandrolone|
|15.06.2016||Maiya Maneza||Kazakhstan||London 2012||Women’s 63kg||First||Stanozolol|
|15.06.2016||Ilya Ilyin||Kazakhstan||London 2012||Men’s 94kg||First||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, Stanozolol|
|15.06.2016||Zulfiya Chinshanlo||Kazakhstan||London 2012||Women’s 53kg||First||Oxandrolone, Stanozolol|
|18.06.2016||Hripsime Khurshudyan||Armenia||Beijing 2008||Women’s 75kg||11th||Stanozolol|
|18.06.2016||Alexandru Dudoglo||Moldova||Beijing 2008||Men’s 69kg||Ninth||Stanozolol|
|18.06.2016||Nadezda Evstyukhina||Russia||Beijing 2008||Women’s 75kg||Third||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone metabolites|
|18.06.2016||Nurcan Taylan||Turkey||Beijing 2008||Women’s 48kg||DNF||Stanozolol|
|18.06.2016||Marina Shainova||Russia||Beijing 2008||Women’s 58kg||Second||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone metabolites and stanozolol metabolites|
|18.06.2016||Intigam Zairov||Azerbaijan||Beijing 2008||Men’s 85kg||Ninth||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone|
|18.06.2016||Ilya Ilyin||Kazakhstan||Beijing 2008||Men’s 94kg||First||Stanozolol|
|07.07.2016||Tigran Martirosyan||Armenia||Beijing 2008||Men’s 69kg||Third||Stanozolol, Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone|
|07.07.2016||Sardar Hasanov||Azerbaijan||Beijing 2008||Men’s 62kg||DNF||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone|
|07.07.2016||Sibel Ozkan||Turkey||Beijing 2008||Women’s 48kg||Second||Stanozolol|
|27.07.2016||Intigam Zairov||Azerbaijan||London 2012||Men’s 94kg||Sixth||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone|
|27.07.2016||Nataliya Zabolotnaya||Russia||London 2012||Women’s 75kg||Second||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone|
|27.07.2016||Rauli Tsirekidze||Georgia||London 2012||Men’s 85kg||Ninth||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, Stanozolol|
|27.07.2016||Almas Uteshov||Kazakhstan||London 2012||Men’s 94kg||Seventh||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, Stanozolol|
|27.07.2016||Svetlana Tzarukaeva||Russia||London 2012||Women’s 63kg||Second||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone|
|27.07.2016||Sibel Simsek||Turkey||London 2012||Women’s 63kg||Fourth||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, Stanozolol|
|27.07.2016||Iryna Kulesha||Belarus||London 2012||Women’s 75kg||Third||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, Stanozolol|
|27.07.2016||Hripsime Khurshudyan||Armenia||London 2012||Women’s over 75kg||Third||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, Stanozolol|
|27.07.2016||Alexandr Ivanov||Russia||London 2012||Men’s 94kg||Second||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, Tamoxifen|
|27.07.2016||Cristina Iovu||Moldova||London 2012||Women’s 53kg||Third||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone|
|27.07.2016||Andrey Demanov||Russia||London 2012||Men’s 94kg||Fourth||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone|
|24.08.2016||Nizami Pashayev||Azerbaijan||Beijing 2008||Men’s 94kg||Fifth||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, Oxandrolone, Stanozolol|
|24.08.2016||Iryna Kulesha||Belarus||Beijing 2008||Women’s 75kg||Fourth||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone|
|24.08.2016||Nastassia Novikava||Belarus||Beijing 2008||Women’s 53kg||Third||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, Stanozolol|
|24.08.2016||Andrei Rybakou||Belarus||Beijing 2008||Men’s 83kg||Second||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, Stanozolol|
|24.08.2016||Cao Lei||China||Beijing 2008||Women’s 75kg||First||GHRP-2|
|24.08.2016||Chen Xiexia||China||Beijing 2008||Women’s 48kg||First||GHRP-2|
|24.08.2016||Liu Chun Hong||China||Beijing 2008||Women’s 69kg||First||Sibutramine, GHRP-2|
|24.08.2016||Mariya Grabovetskaya||Kazakhstan||Beijing 2008||Women’s over 75kg||Third||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, Oxandrolone, Stanozolol|
|24.08.2016||Maya Maneza||Kazakhstan||Beijing 2008||Women’s 63kg||DNF||Stanozolol|
|24.08.2016||Irina Nekrassova||Kazakhstan||Beijing 2008||Women’s 63kg||Second||Stanozolol|
|24.08.2016||Vladimir Sedov||Kazakhstan||Beijing 2008||Men’s 85kg||Fourth||Stanozolol|
|24.08.2016||Khadzhimurat Akkaev||Russia||Beijing 2008||Men’s 94kg||Third||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone|
|24.08.2016||Dmitry Lapikov||Russia||Beijing 2008||Men’s 105kg||Third||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone|
|24.08.2016||Natalya Davydova||Ukraine||Beijing 2008||Women’s 69kg||Third||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone|
|24.08.2016||Olha Korobka||Ukraine||Beijing 2008||Women’s over 75kg||Second||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone|
|13.09.2016||Anatoli Ciricu||Moldova||London 2012||Men’s 94kg||Third||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone|
|06.10.2016||Norik Vardanian||Armenia||London 2012||Men's 94kg||11th||Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone|