“Plastic Brit” Myroslav Dykun has been slammed for his failed drugs test, which more or less buries any British hopes for medals in the wrestling.

Myroslav Dykun, winner of a gold medal for Britain at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, has failed a doping test, devastating Olympic fans that had the athlete pinpointed for glory at London 2012. 29-year-old Ukrainian-born Greco-Roman wrestler Dykun had been described as a major hope for a medal at the Games, and British Wrestling chief Colin Nicholson said: “Myroslav had the potential to do well,” and “the situation is extremely disappointing for the sport.”

Following the announcement of Dykun’s positive test, the athlete came under severe fire from naturalised British gymnast Ruslan Panteleymov (also born in Ukraine), who blamed Britain’s policy of importing talent from abroad for the current mess. He claimed that foreign procedures couldn’t always be relied upon, and added that the transformation of Dykun’s role from sparring partner to Olympic hopeful was “not right” and made a mockery of international competition.

The suspension of Dykun, which is set to last for two years, is a huge blow for the sport in this country, and the reputation of British athletes in the run up to the show piece sporting event of the year. The ramifications could be both immediate and long-term. Other Ukrainian-born wrestlers, Yana Stadnik and Olga Butkeyvych, will not be able to secure British citizenship in time to compete. This means that, with Dykun missing out, Britain will be extremely unlikely to secure a medal in the Wrestling, damaging Team GB’s overall medal haul, and affecting the amount of future funding available after the Games.

Nicholson added: “”We believe it’s tested positive for amphetamines, which we see as recreational – not performance enhancing in the sport of wrestling. Under no circumstance can British Wrestling condone drugs in sport whether performance enhancing or recreational. British Wrestling will not tolerate such behaviour from anyone and we are supporting the drug testing programme.”

With the World Anti-Doping Agency on naturally heightened alert in the run-up to the Olympics, Dykun is likely to be punished heavily for his misdemeanours: “[The] suspension follows a test conducted as part of the organisation’s pre-Games testing programme in the countdown to the summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Dykun gained British citizenship five years ago through marriage, and is one of many eastern European talents to have been brought to the country to develop a world class academy in Manchester. There has been some criticism of the recruitment of “sparring partners” from abroad, with many having seen their role altered from providing assistance to British wrestlers to becoming a representative for the nation itself. In the process of doing this, many have married British wrestlers, but British Wrestling denies and conspiracy in these events, an accusation that has been levelled by some.

Both Stadnik and Butkeyvych are part of this development programme, but with neither able to compete, it seems that the wait will go on for a medal in wrestling. Not since 1984, in Los Angeles, when Londoner Noel Loban won bronze, has Britain secured a medal in the sport.

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