9 ath­letes, in­clud­ing 6 medal­ists, caught for Bei­jing dop­ing

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Nine more ath­letes, in­clud­ing six medal win­ners, were retroac­tively dis­qual­i­fied from the 2008 Bei­jing Olympics on Wed­nes­day after fail­ing retests of their dop­ing sam­ples.

The In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee an­nounced the de­ci­sions in the lat­est sanc­tions im­posed on ath­letes whose stored sam­ples came back pos­i­tive after being retested with im­proved meth­ods.

Four ath­letes were stripped of sil­ver medals and two of bronze medals in weightlift­ing, wrestling and women’s steeple­chase.

All six ath­letes come from for­mer Soviet coun­tries — Rus­sia, Be­larus, Ukraine, Uzbek­istan and Kaza­khstan — and all tested pos­i­tive for steroids.

The IOC stores dop­ing sam­ples for 10 years to al­low them to be re­an­a­lyzed when en­hanced tech­niques be­come avail­able. The IOC recorded a to­tal of 98 pos­i­tive cases in re­cent rest­ing of sam­ples from Bei­jing and the 2012 Lon­don Olympics.

Stripped of sil­ver medals Wed­nes­day were freestyle wrestlers Soslan Tigiev of Uzbek­istan (66-74 kilo­gram di­vi­sion) and Taimu­raz Tigiyev of Kaza- khstan (84-96 kg) and weightlifters Olha Korobka of Ukraine (75 kg) and An­drei Ry­bakov of Be­larus (85 kg).

It’s the se­cond time Tigiev has been stripped of an Olympic medal for dop­ing.

He lost his bronze medal from the 74 kg event at the Lon­don Games after fail­ing a drug test.

The IOC stripped Bei­jing bronze medals on Wed­nes­day from Rus­sian steeplechaser Eka­te­rina Volkova and Be­laru­sian weightlifter Anas­ta­sia Novikova (53 kg).

The IOC asked the in­ter­na­tional weightlift­ing, wrestling and track and field fed­er­a­tions to mod­ify the Olympic re­sults and con­sider any fur­ther sanc­tions against the ath­letes.

De­ci­sions on re­al­lo­cat­ing the medals have not been fi­nal­ized.

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