Eight Rus­sians reg­is­ter pos­i­tive

London Olympic Games sam­ples retested

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MOSCOW — Rus­sia’s Olympic Com­mit­tee said Satur­day eight of the coun­try’s ath­letes have reg­is­tered pos­i­tive in dop­ing retests for the 2012 London Games.

The brief state­ment from the ROC did not give names or what dis­ci­plines the ath­letes were in, but said they came from three dif­fer­ent sports.

It said fur­ther in­for­ma­tion would not be re­leased un­til so-called “B sam­ples” were tested to con­firm or con­tra­dict the retests. The In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee stores Olympic dop­ing sam­ples for 10 years to re­an­a­lyze them when newer meth­ods be­come avail­able.

The an­nounce­ment came amid height­ened at­ten­tion to the dop­ing of Rus­sian ath­letes.

The in­ter­na­tional track and field fed­er­a­tion sus­pended Rus­sia’s team from global com­pe­ti­tion, in­clud­ing the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in Au­gust, af­ter a World Anti-Dop­ing Agency com­mis­sion re­port de­tailed state-spon­sored dop­ing.

The IAAF is set to de­cide June 17 whether to main­tain or lift its sus­pen­sion.

Ear­lier this week, Rus­sian state tele­vi­sion re­ported 10 medal­lists from the 2008 Bei­jing Games, in­clud­ing 2012 Olympic high jump cham­pion Anna Chicherova, were among 14 Rus­sians that tested pos­i­tive in the re­anal­y­sis of their dop­ing sam­ples. Chicherova, who won bronze in Bei­jing, ex­pressed “shock” at the re­sult.

The IOC said Fri­day 23 ath­letes from five sports and six coun­tries were pos­i­tive in retests with im­proved tech­niques on 265 sam­ples from the London Games. The IOC did not iden­tify the ath­letes, their sports or na­tion­al­i­ties.

The cur­rent retest­ing pro­gram tar­geted ath­letes who could be el­i­gi­ble to com­pete in Rio.

The World Anti-Dop­ing Agency an­nounced this month it has ap­pointed an in­de­pen­dent over­seer for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions of state-spon­sored dop­ing in the Rus­sian team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

In an in­ter­view pub­lished in the New York Times, Grig­ory Rod­chenkov, the for­mer head of the Rus­sian lab now liv­ing in Los Angeles, said he switched tainted urine sam­ples for clean ones at the dop­ing lab used for the Sochi Games, with help from peo­ple he be­lieved to be of­fi­cers of the Rus­sian se­cu­rity ser­vices.

IVAN SEKRETAREV, FILE / THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Rus­sia’s 2012 Olympic high jump cham­pion, Anna Chicherova, ex­pressed ‘shock’ over her pos­i­tive test.

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