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Up to 31 athletes to be banned ahead of Olympics

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Jordan Gibbons
17 May 2016

IOC retested 454 samples from Beijing 2008, using latest methods resulting in up to 31 athletes from six sports facing potential bans.

The IOC announced today that it has made ‘a powerful strike against the cheats we do not allow to win’. The IOC retested 454 samples taken at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, with help from WADA and various international federations. Using the latest technology, and focusing on athletes believed to be potentially competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the IOC claims up to 31 athletes from six different sports could be banned from competing.

The IOC began proceedings immediately on 12 of the athletes concerned, although it cannot name them for legal reasons. The IOC says that ‘the fight to protect the clean athletes does not stop there, with 250 more results from retesting of samples from the Olympic Games London 2012 to come shortly. The aim is to stop any drugs cheats coming to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.’

In an interesting move the IOC will also undertake a wider retesting program of medallists from Beijing and London, with the intention to disqualify any found to have been cheating. Those who may be awarded medals based on others’ disqualifications will also have their samples retested.

The obvious questions are which athletes/sports are affected, and will cycling once again be in the spotlight?

This will be updated as more information comes to light.


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