Rio 2016: Paralympic powerlifter banned for two years


Turkish powerlifter Izzettin Kanat has been handed a two-year doping ban by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), ruling him out of the 2016 Paralympic Games.

Kanat was found to have meldonium in his system and will now be banned until February 2018.

"Kanat returned an adverse analytical finding for meldonium in a urine sample provided on 17 February 2016 after he had competed in the men's up to 80kg class at the 7th FAZZA IPC Powerlifting World Cup in Dubai, UAE," read a statement from the IPC.

"This substance is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2016 Prohibited List under the category S4.5 Hormone and Metabolic Modulators and is prohibited at all times, both in and out of competition.

"As a result of his violation, Kanat will be ineligible from competition for two years from 17 February 2016, the date of the test, until 16 February 2018.

"All Kanat's results obtained from the date of the test and onwards will be disqualified including forfeiture of any medals, points, records and prizes. This includes the bronze medal he won in Dubai on 17 February.

"This medal will now be presented to Great Britain's Michael Yule who originally finished fourth."

The IPC implemented a blanket ban on Russia for this year's Games.