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Olympians stripped of medals

2012-12-05 20:47

Lausanne - Four medallists from the 2004 Olympic Games were officially stripped of their medals on Wednesday by the International Olympic Committee.

The IOC took the decision after new analysis of their dope tests taken at the Athens Games revealed traces of steroids.

Ukraine's Yuri Belonog was stripped of his shot put gold medal, Belarus' Ivan Tikhon of his silver in the hammer, and Irina Yatchenko of Belarus and Russian Svetlana Krivelyova lost their bronze medals in the women's discus and shot put respectively.

It is the second Olympic medal Tikhon has been stripped of, having had his bronze from the 2008 Games taken away also for a doping offence.

There is a fifth medallist from the 2004 Games who is at risk of being disqualified, but whose name will be revealed later by the IOC because of a delay in the procedure of the athlete's test.

Since the Athens Games all dope tests taken at the Olympics have been stored in a large deep freeze in the basement of the anti-doping laboratory in Lausanne for a duration of eight years.

The IOC had asked the laboratory to reanalyse 105 tests taken at the Games in Athens, which holds the unwanted record for the most failed dope tests in the Olympic history.

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Comments
  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-12-06 03:28

    This is actually very sad and unfair towards those athletes that did not cheat and should have won the medals. That special moment has forever been taken away from them.

      milan.daniz - 2012-12-06 08:47

      Totally agree with you. You have to be so much a better athlete to be able to compete with the dopers - almost impossible.

  • rudzanimulaudzi.mulaudzi - 2012-12-06 06:39

    what I dont understand is why they store those test for eight years, what if those people participated in London and won other medals and this time they tested negative.

      colin.crowther2 - 2012-12-07 04:38

      Most athletes are tested throughout their 4 years of competing in various events. The chances of an Athlete not being caught who has taken a banned substance is very slim based on the advancement in medicine technology. The reason an 8 year data base is stored is for the possibility of a new substance not yet recognised or listed as banned may qualify as a new banned drug. I would say these athletes had this unidentified new substance recorded but it needed detective work to identify what this stimulant was.

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