IOC Sanctions Eight Olympic Athletes For Failing Anti-Doping Tests

The International Olympics Committee (IOC) has disqualified eight athletes from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012 for failing anti-doping tests.

Included in the IOC list of the disqualified athletes, are three from China, two from Belarus, one from Turkey, one from Azerbaijan and one from Armenia.

According to the IOC, the additional analyses on samples collected during the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012 were performed with improved analytical methods, to possibly detect prohibited substances that could not be identified by the analysis performed at the time of these editions of the Olympic Games.

Following is a list of the athletes that the IOC has disqualified:

1. Lei CAO, 33, of China, competing in the women’s 75kg weightlifting event, in which she ranked 1st and for which she was awarded a gold medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Re-analysis of Cao’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance GHRP-2 and metabolite (GHRP-2 M2).

2. Xiexia CHEN, 34, of China, competing in the women’s 48kg weightlifting event, in which she ranked 1st and for which she was awarded a gold medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Re-analysis of Chen’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance GHRP-2 and metabolite (GHRP-2 M2).

3. Chunhong LIU, 31, of China, competing in the women’s 69kg weightlifting event, in which she ranked 1st and for which she was awarded a gold medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Re-analysis of Liu’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances GHRP-2 and metabolite (GHRP-2 M2), and sibutramine.

4. Nadzeya OSTAPCHUK, 36, of Belarus, competing in the women’s shot put event, in which she ranked 3rd and for which she was awarded a bronze medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Re-analysis of Ostapchuk’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol) and tamoxifen.

5. Darya PCHELNIK, 36, of Belarus, competing in the women’s hammer throw event, (qualification and final) in which she ranked 4th and for which she was awarded a diploma, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Re-analysis of Pchelnik’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).

6. Sibel SIMSEK, 32, of Turkey, competing in the women’s 63kg weightlifting event, in which she ranked 4th and for which she was awarded a diploma, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012. Re-analysis of Simsek’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol) and stanozolol.

7. Intigam ZAIROV, 31, of Azerbaijan, competing in the men’s 94kg weightlifting event, in which he ranked 6th and for which he was awarded a diploma, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012. Re-analysis of Zairov’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).

8. Norayr VARDANYAN, 29, of Armenia, competing in the men’s 94kg weightlifting event, in which he ranked 11th, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012. Re-analysis of Vardanyan’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).

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