Tuesday 21 November 2017

IOC reveal 23 athletes competing at Rio Olympics fail London 2012 drugs retest

Russian athletes could miss out on this summer's Olympics
Russian athletes could miss out on this summer's Olympics

Ben Rumsby

Twenty-three athletes have failed drugs tests carried out on defrosted urine and blood taken during the London Olympics, it was confirmed on Friday.

All were facing bans from August’s Games in Rio following the targeted retesting of 265 doping samples, which saw athletes from five sports and six countries caught having used banned substances.

Another athlete also tested positive from the reanalysis of urine and blood taken during the Beijing Games using the latest scientific techniques, the International Olympic Committee announced.

The IOC warned there could be more failed tests to come from the last two summer Games following retests which initially targeted those likely to compete in Rio in this summer.

Friday’s London 2012 results were announced just over a week after the IOC revealed 31 athletes had tested positive from a reanalysis of 454 samples from the 2008 Olympics.

Its president, Thomas Bach, said: “These reanalyses show, once again, our determination in the fight against doping.

“We want to keep the dopers away from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This is why we are acting swiftly now. I have already appointed a disciplinary commission, which has the full power to take all the decisions on behalf of the IOC.”

The IOC did not divulge whether any of the 23 athletes who failed the London retests were among the 32 now known to have tested positive from Beijing.

It emerged this week that Britain could be awarded two additional medals from the 2008 Games after 14 Russian athletes were named as having failed drugs tests from samples taken eight years ago.

According to the country’s news agency, TASS, they included Mariya Abakumova, the javelin silver medallist, and Denis Alekseyev, who anchored Russia’s 4x400m team to bronze.

Goldie Sayers, the British javelin record holder, and the British men’s 4 x 400 metres relay team both finished fourth in Beijing.

Anna Chicherova, who won high jump bronze in 2008 before going on to win gold four years later in London, was also named.

It is understood there are also Russians among those who failed the London retests, which were announced less than seven months after the country was accused by a World Anti-Doping Agency independent commission of having “sabotaged” London 2012.


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