The Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) reiterated its zero tolerance to doping and vowed to investigate the cases of three Chinese weightlifters after they were stripped of gold medals won during 2008 Olympic Games.

On Thursday, it was announced by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that three female Chinese Olympic weightlifting gold medalists Cao Lei (75 kilograms), Chen Xiexia (48 kilograms) and Liu Chunhong (69 kilograms) were among five other athletes who competed at 2008 and 2012 Summer Games. The three Olympic weightlifters all tested positive for prohibited substance Growth hormone-releasing peptide 2 and metabolite (GHRP-2 M2) after re-analysis of their samples from Beijing 2008. Liu also tested positive for Sibutramine. The disqualification leaves China facing a potential ban on weightlifting from international competitions for a period of one year.

A Chinese anti-doping expert said production of growth hormones is stimulated by the drug taken by the athletes. The expert added Sibutramine was possibly used as a masking agent. The Chinese anti-doping expert went on to criticize several Western media that accused the country of state-sponsored doping. The expert remarked they are just analyzing cases with “double standard.” He said there are also many athletes from Western countries who were found using prohibited substances in recent years, but the global media usually tries to paint their indiscretions as personal mistake but the issue becomes ‘nationally organized behavior’ when it comes to countries like China, which is a double standard.

In a statement published on its official website, the Chinese Olympic Committee said it condemns the three athletes who violated the spirit of sportsmanship and Olympics for doping. It further said that the Chinese Olympic Committee respects the decisions made by the IOC and will investigate the cases with related bodies and added we are in solidarity with the International Olympic Committee to protect clean athletes and fight against doping.

The list of other suspended athletes included Belarus shot-putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk, who was the bronze medalist in Beijing but tested positive for the steroid Turinabol. Turinabol, also called T-bol, is the androgenic anabolic steroid that bagged newspaper headlines after the East German doping scandal became public. This steroid has a positive effect on nitrogen retention and protein synthesis.

Belarusian hammer thrower Darya Pchelnik lost her fourth spot from the 2008 Games. Sibel Simsek of Turkey, Intigam Zairov of Azerbaijan and Armenia’s Norayr Vardanya — three non-medal weightlifters from the 2012 Olympics in London — were also disqualified.

The International Olympic Committee is reanalyzing 1,243 samples from Beijing and London using testing techniques not available at the time.

The results of the new tests will feature during discussions in April this year to map out the program of future summer Olympics. Weightlifting accounts for the most positive tests followed by athletics, wrestling, and cycling. IOC president Thomas Bach recently said that we will have to look at the results in detail, connect each sport with each country and see if it is a problem specific to each country. Bach added then we will study the situation with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

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