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45 Athletes Fail Dope Test After Re-analysis – IOC

Posted: Jul 23, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Peter Edema
Lagos – Another 45 athletes have tested positive to banned substances after their samples from the Beijing Games and London Olympics were re-analysed by the International Olympics Committee (IOC).
The IOC, who disclosed this on Friday, said that 30 athletes from Beijing Games failed the test with the remaining 15 being from London Games.
Of the 30 from Beijing Games, 23 were medalists and were from four sports and eight National Olympic Committees (NOCs). The 15 athletes from London 2012 represented two sports and 9 NOCs.
The latest results bring the total number of athletes who tested positive for prohibited substances from the first and second waves of reanalysis to 98. The third and fourth waves are expected to continue throughout and after the Rio Olympic Games.
IOC said that it action was for the protection of clean athletes and the fight against doping.
The IOC added that the athletes, NOCs and IFs concerned were being informed, after which the proceedings against the athletes can begin. All athletes found to have infringed the anti-doping rules will be banned from competing at the Olympic Games Rio 2016.
“To provide a level playing field for all clean athletes at the Rio Games, the IOC has put special measures in place such as targeted pre-tests of identified sports and countries,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.
“Using the very latest scientific analysis methods, the reanalysis of stored samples from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012 followed an intelligence-gathering process that started in August 2015 and included the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and International Federations (IFs).
“The new reanalysis once again shows the commitment of the IOC in the fight against doping,” Bach added.
In total, 1,243 doping samples from Beijing and London Games were selected to be reanalysed.
Meanwhile, the IOC announced that Sibel Özkan, 28, of Turkey has been ordered to return his silver medal from the 48kg weightlifting event following his disqualification from the Beijing Olympics.
Reanalysis of Özkans samples from Beijing Games resulted in the presence of the metabolites of the prohibited substance stanozolol.