Athletes Who Lost Their Olympic Medals

The Olympics Games is the greatest sporting event on the face of the earth. Consists of a number of summer and winter sports, and athletes who with such sports consider it one of their greatest achievements to be able to just participate in the Olympics. It is every athlete’s aspiration to win a medal at the Olympics.

However, is has been seen that many of the athletes’ Olympic medals have been taken away from them. These are the darkest moments in the sporting history if a country and the player. It may happen through no fault of his, but sometimes, the player may be actively involved in his own downfall. Let us look at 10 Athletes who Lost Their Olympic Medals.

Athletes Who Lost Their Olympic Medals

10. Rashid Ramzi

10 Athletes Who Lost Their Olympic Medals
Athletes Who Lost Their Olympic Medals

This track and field athlete started competing for Morocco first in the 800m, 1500m and 5000m races, and then joined the Bahraini Army in 2002, gaining citizenship. This talented athlete’s career escalated steep as he won several medals at the most important sporting events, including Asian games. He was the first track and field athlete to win two gold medals at the same competition, which, in his case, was the World Championships. He continued to perform extremely well in competitions. The 2008 Summer Olympics was his First Olympic appearance. He was most successful in the 1500m race in which he was able to achieve the gold medal. But his glory was short lived as, in 2009, The IOC in Bahrain found a blood-boosting drug known as CERA in his blood. Both his blood samples tested positive. Ramzi was stripped of his medal. He is yet to be seen competing again.

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9. Ara Abrahamian

10 Athletes Who Lost Their Olympic Medals
Athletes Who Lost Their Olympic Medals

This Greco-Roman wrestler started at an early age and wrestled for the Armenian team, and then for the Swedish team. He won several medals in different sporting events. At the 2008 Olympics, he fought brilliantly, but only managed to come third, thus paving his way to win a bronze medal. But, Abrahamian and his coach disputed the scores, and claimed that the judges were unjust, and even called for a match review, only to be rejected. Abrahamian attended the award ceremony, but when he was handed the bronze medal, he shook hands with the other players, and stepping off the podium, placed it on the wrestling match. He left without the medal, thus choosing to voluntarily lose his Olympic medal. The IOC decided to suspend Abrahamian and his coach for 2 years, for violating the true spirit of fair play. However, his 2 year ban was overturned in 2009.

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 8. Lyudmyla Blonska

10 Athletes Who Lost Their Olympic Medals
Athletes Who Lost Their Olympic Medals

This athlete from Ukraine is considered one of the most talented and multi-faceted. From the age of five, she started getting training in several sports, and at 14 picked up athletics. As a long jumper and pentathlete, she never had to look back, as she started excelling right from her college days. 2000 onwards, her career has several highs and lows when it came to different competitions. After winning the 2002 National Championships, she place 13 at the European Championships, but was caught doping and was banned for 2 years. She returned again to prove her talent again. She won a silver medal at the heptathlon section of 2008 Olympics but was again caught doping. Not only was she stripped of her medal, but was also banned for life, since this was her second time.

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