Sochi dope test fail­ures to be heard Oc­to­ber - Oswald

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The IOC also re­newed the man­dates of 16 mem­bers in­clud­ing Kuwait's in­flu­en­tial Ah­mad al-Fa­had al-Sabah, an im­por­tant fig­ure in FIFA as well as the IOC, who was the sub­ject of an Amer­i­can in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged cor­rup­tion.

LIMA, Sept 16, 2017 (AFP) - The first hear­ings of ath­letes who failed drug tests at the 2014 Sochi Win­ter Olympics fol­low­ing the retest­ing of sam­ples, will take place in Oc­to­ber, In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee mem­ber De­nis Oswald said in Lima.

In light of the ini­tial re­sults, the IOC's dis­ci­plinary com­mis­sion "will sum­mon the ath­letes to ap­pear in early Oc­to­ber with de­ci­sions fol­low­ing soon" said Oswald, pres­i­dent of the com­mis­sion.

The com­mis­sion will then have the power to dis­qual­ify the ath­letes and to with­draw the medals. Fol­low­ing the re-analy­ses of sam­ples car­ried out af­ter the Bei­jing 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics, 106 re­turned pos­i­tive re­sults and "99 ath­letes were dis­qual­i­fied", said Oswald in a re­view pre­sented at clos­ing ses­sion of the IOC in the Peru­vian cap­i­tal on Friday. In to­tal "75 medals were with­drawn in or­der to be re­as­signed," he added. The pos­i­tive cases af­fected 16 coun­tries with the worst of­fend­ers be­ing Rus­sia (37 cases), Be­larus (16), Ukraine (11) and Kaza­khstan (12).

The most sanc­tioned sports are weightlift­ing (49 cases) ahead of ath­let­ics (46) and wrestling (eight).

Box­ing, cy­cling and modern pen­tathlon ac­count for one each.

The most fre­quently de­tected sub­stances in the retests were turin­abol (68) and stanozolol (31), an­abolic steroids al­ready widely used in the for­mer East Ger­many.

Mean­while, as the IOC wound down its week-long stay in Lima, where Paris and Los An­ge­les were named the re­spec­tive hosts of the 2024 and 2028 Olympics, two new mem­bers were elected to the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

France's Jean-Christophe Rol­land, pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Row­ing Fed­er­a­tion, and Bel­gian Ing­mar De Vos, head of the In­ter­na­tional Eques­trian Fed­er­a­tion, were elected.

Rol­land, 49, was a gold medal­list at the 2000 Games in Syd­ney while De Vos, 54. is also a for­mer sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the eques­trian body be­fore tak­ing the pres­i­dent's hot-seat in 2014.

The IOC also re­newed the man­dates of 16 mem­bers in­clud­ing Kuwait's in­flu­en­tial Ah­mad al-Fa­had al-Sabah, an im­por­tant fig­ure in FIFA as well as the IOC, who was the sub­ject of an Amer­i­can in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged cor­rup­tion.

Al-Sabah re­signed from FIFA in May but has de­nied any wrong­do­ing.

De­nis Oswald

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