Newspapers report Hungarian wrestler Sándor Bárdosi-- once an Olympic wrestling medalist -- lost a recent medal in "Sumo wrestling" following treatment for a wasp sting.
Organisers at the World Games have stripped Bárdosi of his gold medal and fined him €3,000. Former Olympic silver medalist Bárdosi claims that he had been given an injection to treat a wasp sting.
What would cause disqualification? Usually a sting producing an allergic reaction would be treated with epinephrine, which should be quickly metabolized. However, it could be that a physician injected prednisone to reduce swelling.
The next report talks about a soccer player with a similar problem, If these athletes are being harassed for and epi pen, it is ridiculous. Should the doctor delay treatment for an allergic anaphylactic reaction before he receives clearance from a bureaucracy?
The organisers of the World Games have decided to strip the wrestler of his gold medal requires him to pay a fine of 3,000 euros, the Hungarian Sumo Federation said.
Bardosi denied the charge, saying that he had been treated for a wasp sting in Kaohsiung.
"The last test I had in Hungary was negative. Just before leaving for Taiwan, however, I was stung by a wasp. Suffering from hand pain, I went to the doctor who gave me an injection and medicine, enabling me to recover by the time of the World Games a week later. Concentrating on the competition, I forgot to mention the affair at the doping test. Anyway, I don't need any doping as I am able to outperform all my opponents," he said.
As a graeco-roman wrestler, Bardosi won a silver medal in the Sydney Olympics nine years ago.
In the Sumo World Games, he triumphed in the under-85 kg, lightweight category.
Italy's world champion soccer player Fabio Cannavaro had a similar wasp bite a few weeks ago. The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) dropped the charge but his club, Juventus, held out the prospect of some sanction as the player should have consulted with CONI before being treated for a wasp sting.