IOC: 45 more positive cases in retests of 2008, '12 samples
Forty-five more athletes, including 23 medallists from the 2008 Beijing Games, have been caught for doping after retesting of samples from the last two Olympics, the IOC said yesterday.
The new cases bring to 98 the total number of athletes who have failed tests so far in the reanalysis of their stored samples from Beijing and the 2012 Olympics in London.
Using "the very latest scientific analysis methods," the latest round of retests produced 30 "provisional" positive findings from Beijing and 15 confirmed positives from London, the IOC reported.
No names were given.
The International Olympic Committee stores doping samples for 10 years so they can be retested when new methods become available, meaning drug cheats who escaped detection at the time can be caught years later.
The retesting programme has targeted athletes who were in contention to compete at the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but has also been widened to cover many medallists.
"All athletes found to have infringed the anti-doping rules will be banned from competing" at the Rio Games, the IOC said.
The announcement comes at a time when the IOC is weighing whether to ban Russia from the Rio Olympics over allegations of systematic and state-run doping.
The IOC said it was informing the national Olympic committees and international sports federations affected by the latest positives, clearing the way for disciplinary proceedings to begin against the athletes.
Last week, Ukrainian weightlifter Yulia Kalina was stripped of her bronze medal from the London Olympics after her sample came back positive for the steroid turinabol.
The IOC reported in May that it had found 31 positives from Beijing. It said yesterday that the backup 'B' samples in two cases did not confirm the original finding, while an additional positive case was confirmed later.