French wrestler Khadjiev suspended over doping

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French wrestler Zelimkhan Khadjiev, a world bronze medallist who has qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, has returned a positive doping test and has been provisionally suspended, the international wrestling federation announced Friday.

The freestyle wrestler, of Chechen heritage, tested positive for an unspecified drug at September’s world championships in Kazakhstan, where he finished third in the under-75kg category.

World junior champion in 2014, the 25-year-old Khadjiev arrived in France at the age of 10, going on to win two European silver medals and represent Les Bleus at the 2016 Rio Olympics.


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