Wednesday 16 October 2019

Lithuanian canoeist is the 23rd medallist to fail London 2012 retests

Lithuania's silver medallist Jevgenij Shuklin holds up his medal during the victory ceremony for the men's canoe single (C1) 200m event at Eton Dorney during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 11, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Young/File Photo
Lithuania's silver medallist Jevgenij Shuklin holds up his medal during the victory ceremony for the men's canoe single (C1) 200m event at Eton Dorney during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 11, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Young/File Photo

Matt Slatter

Lithuania's Jevgenij Shuklin has become the 23rd medallist at London 2012 to be caught cheating in the reanalysis of stored anti-doping samples, the International Olympic Committee has announced.

The 33-year-old sprint canoeist originally won a silver medal in the men's C-1 200 metres but a second look at his sample resulted in a positive test for the steroid turinabol.

The Russian-born athlete chose to have his case heard by an IOC disciplinary commission, as opposed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but the panel found him guilty and he has been disqualified with immediate effect.

In a statement, the IOC said: "The reanalysis programme for the samples from London 2012 will continue in 2019 before the statute of limitations is reached by 2020.

"This is part of the IOC's efforts to protect clean athletes and the integrity of the competition. The IOC has been storing samples from the Olympic Games since Athens 2004, and has reanalysed them systematically.

"The fight against doping is a top priority for the IOC, which has established a zero-tolerance policy to combat cheating and to make anyone responsible for using or providing doping products accountable."

Nine athletes failed drug tests during the 2012 Games but another 58 have now been caught retrospectively, leaving London just five positives behind the previous 'dirtiest Games' on record, Beijing 2008.

Shuklin, a former world junior and three-time European champion, must now return his medal. Providing their stored samples do not test positive, Russia's Ivan Shtyl is in line for an upgrade to silver and Spain's Alfonso Benavides will get bronze.

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