Jakarta. The Olympic Council of Asia has disqualified Rustem Nazarov of Turkmenistan from the 2018 Asian Games after the wrestler failed a doping test.
"Nazarov was found to have violated anti-doping regulations in a precompetition test conducted on Aug. 17," the OCA said in a statement on Friday (24/08).
The announcement also annuls the match result of the men's 57-kilogram freestyle event on Aug. 19, which saw the 24-year-old wrestler beaten by Sandeep Tomar of India.
According to the OCA, Nazarov was found to have used furosemide, a known masking agent.
This is the first confirmed case of doping at this year's Asian Games.
Six athletes tested positive for banned substances at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea in 2014. This included top South Korean swimmer Park Tae-hwan, who was banned for 18 months after forfeiting the medal he had won.
Turkmenistan has so far won one bronze medal in wrestling after Shyhazberdi Ovelekov beat Mohammed Hasan Alquhali of Yemen in the men's 87-kilogram Greco-Roman event on Wednesday.
Wrestling has been marred by several high-profile doping cases over the past few years.
British wrestler Chinu Sandhu, who won bronze at the Commonwealth Games in 2014, received a four-year ban for doping last year.
Uzbekistan's triple Olympic champion Artur Taymazov was stripped of the medal he won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after testing positive for anabolic steroids.