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Aust Rio Games wrestler tests positive

  • Aust Rio Games wrestler tests positive

    Vinod Kumar is set to be kicked off the Australian Olympic team after copping a doping ban.

Wrestler Vinod Kumar is set to be kicked off the Australian Olympic team after copping a doping ban.

Six-time national champion Kumar, one of two wrestlers selected in the Greco-Roman discipline, tested positive at the African/Oceania Olympic qualifier in Algeria in April.

A subsequent test of his B sample was also positive, and he has been suspended four years, but has 30 days to appeal.

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The Australian Olympic Committee said on Friday it had asked Wrestling Australia to withdraw Kumar's Rio Games nomination.

His profile has already been taken down from the Australian Olympic Team's website.

Born in India, 31-year-old Kumar became an Australian citizen in 2015 and represented the country for the first time in March, where he won gold at the Oceania championships in New Zealand before heading to Algeria to confirm his qualification.

He had been training in Australia since he arrived as a student in 2010, after he was allegedly assaulted by a fellow wrestler in India.

The international wrestling body, United World Wrestling, has indicated his position will not be reallocated to another Australian.

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