Rus­sia says 14 ath­letes in 2008 Olympics pos­i­tive in new drug tests

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MOSCOW—Rus­sia’s Olympic Com­mit­tee (ROC) said Tues­day that 14 of its ath­letes in the 2008 Bei­jing Olympics had been found pos­i­tive for dop­ing in new tests of their sam­ples given dur­ing the Games.

“14 Rus­sian ath­letes in three dis­ci­plines gave a pos­i­tive re­sult,” the ROC said in a state­ment, a week af­ter the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) an­nounced that 31 ath­letes from 12 coun­tries had failed dop­ing tests af­ter new anal­y­sis of sam­ples taken from the Bei­jing Games.

ROC said that the names of the ath­letes, ac­cord­ing to the dis­ci­plinary rules, would not be made pub­lic un­til a sec­ond set of con­trol sam­ples had also been tested.

Rus­sia’s Match TV chan­nel re­ported the names of the ath­letes as in­clud­ing 10 Olympic medal­lists. One, Yu­lia Cher­moshan­skaya, won gold as part of the 4x100 me­tre re­lay team, while four won sil­ver.

Among those listed was bronze medal­list high jumper Anna Chicherova, who is likely to com­pete in this sum­mer Rio Olympics if Rus­sia takes part.

Chicherova did not an­swer a re­quest for com­ment from AFP.

Sports min­is­ter Vi­taly Mutko told R-Sport news agency that the names of the ath­letes should not have been re­leased be­cause a sec­ond con­trol sam­ple still needs to be tested.

“It’s a sen­si­tive topic, why some­one does this, I don’t know,” he said, while not deny­ing the list was cor­rect.

“It’s wrong to name names if a per­son could be found not guilty,” he said.

The Rus­sian ath­let­ics fed­er­a­tion said in a state­ment on Tues­day that it would bar any ath­lete found to have used dop­ing in pre­vi­ous years from com­pet­ing at Rio.

“Any po­ten­tial par­tic­i­pant in the Olympic games caught us­ing dop­ing in pre­vi­ous years can­not be a mem­ber of Rus­sia’s na­tional team at Rio,” the fed­er­a­tion said.

It said it had sub­mit­ted this amend­ment to its se­lec­tion cri­te­ria on May 20 “so that clean ath­letes can take part in the 2016 Olympic Games.”

The ROC state­ment came as Rus­sia is reel­ing from damn­ing ac­cu­sa­tions by the for­mer head of the Moscow anti-dop­ing lab­o­ra­tory, Grig­ory Rod­chenkov.

He told the New York Times of a sys­tem­atic state-or­gan­ised scheme to get round anti-dop­ing rules, in­clud­ing at least 15 medal­lists at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and in­volv­ing the sports min­istry and the FSB se­cu­rity ser­vice.

The Rus­sian ath­let­ics dop­ing scan­dal was brought to light by whistle­blow­ers, in­clud­ing run­ner Yu­lia Stepanova and her hus­band Vi­taly Stepanov, a for­mer em­ployee of Rus­sian an­ti­dop­ing agency RUSADA, who prompted WADA to in­ves­ti­gate their shock­ing al­le­ga­tions about the preva­lence of dop­ing in Rus­sian ath­let­ics. The world ath­let­ics gov­ern­ing body IAAF next month is set to rule whether to lift Rus­sia’s pro­vi­sional sus­pen­sion from Rio over ev­i­dence of state-spon­sor­ing dop­ing in Rus­sian ath­let­ics.—AFP

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