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Thursday 14, Sep 2017

  Jones Stripped By UFC Of Light Heavyweight Title

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Jon Jones, the three-time Light Heavyweight Champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has been stripped of his light heavyweight title.

Daniel Cormier has been reinstated as the 205-pound champion after the latest failed doping test of Jones. The 205-pound champion was originally flagged by the United States Anti-Doping Agency on August 22 this year after it was revealed he failed an in-competition at the weigh-ins for his UFC 214 title win over Cormier (19-1-1 MMA, 8-1-1 UFC). It has now been confirmed by USADA that the B sample of Jones also came back positive for metabolites of the steroid Turinabol.

The California State Athletic Commission has now overturned the result of Jones and Cormier fight to a no-contest. The California State Athletic Commission will now conduct a hearing to determine the final punishment of Jones. The next CSAC meeting is scheduled for October 17 in Los Angeles. CSAC Executive Director Andy Foster remarked the commission will work with Jones if he needs more time to put together a case. In response, the UFC stripped Jones of the light heavyweight belt and reinstated Cormier as the champion.

Jones faces up to a doping ban of four year that is likely to bring curtains down to his career. Cormier blasted the claims of Jones and his team that the steroid was in a supplement by saying Turinabol is a very expensive drug and something that could not be easily found in a supplement.

Cormier (19-1) has never lost to any opponent except Jones (22-1). Cormier held the light heavyweight title for most of the previous two years while the troubled UFC star was largely sidelined by disciplinary issues.

Jones has a lengthy history of controversies and misbehavior. Jones avoided serious punishment in previous incidents involving cocaine use and a drunk-driving conviction before he was stripped of his title in 2015 in a hit-and-run accident that left a pregnant woman with a broken arm. Months later, Jones made a return to the Octagon and reclaimed an interim title while Cormier was nursing an injury. In November 2016, the belt of Jones was stripped after he was pulled from a rematch with Cormier at UFC 200 for failing a pre-fight doping test.

The American mixed martial artist is widely regarded as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. Presently, Jones has the longest active winning streak in the UFC and was ranked number one in the world during his championship reign. Jones holds many UFC records in the light heavyweight division, including the longest win streak, the most successful and consecutive title defenses, the most submission victories, and the most wins.

Jones made his professional MMA debut in April 2008 and took a unanimous decision victory against Andre Gusmao at UFC 87 on August 9, 2008. In his second fight, he stunned veteran Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94 on January 31, 2009 and won by another unanimous decision victory. The third UFC fight of Jones was against Jake O’Brien at UFC 100 where he secured a modified guillotine choke that rendered his opponent briefly unconscious just after he tapped.

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Friday 25, Aug 2017

  Career Of Jon Jones Hangs In Balance

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Current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones has been flagged by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for a potential anti-doping violation stemming from his UFC 214 fight with Daniel Cormier on July 29.

The failed drug test in question was administered the day of the UFC 214 weigh ins (July 28), a day before Jones defeated Daniel Cormier via third-round knockout. Andy Foster, California State Athletic Commission executive officer, revealed Jones had passed all of his out-of-competition drug tests leading into UFC 214. Jones was tested on July 6 and July 7 by USADA, the results of those samples came back negative.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Cormier, the UFC 214 opponent of Jones, said he was shocked to learn about the positive test of Jones for the anabolic steroid Turinabol but asked fans to let the USADA testing process unfold before jumping to conclusions.

In a statement, the United States Anti-Doping Agency said we cannot comment on an on-going case, but importantly all athletes under the UFC anti-doping program are innocent unless and until the established process determines otherwise. The statement also reads that Jones as part of this process is given the opportunity to be heard, confront and cross examine the evidence and have the ultimate decision of whether he violated the rules or not be decided by independent judges and added it is only fair to let due process occur before drawing any conclusions about Jones.

In a statement, the UFC said USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Jon Jones, as it relates to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and future UFC participation. The statement also reads that there is a full and fair legal process under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The UFC statement also reads that the California State Athletic Commission [CSAC] also retains jurisdiction over this matter as the sample collection was performed the day before Jones’ bout at UFC 214 in Anaheim, CA, and USADA will work to ensure that the CSAC has the necessary information to determine its proper judgment of Jones’ potential anti-doping violation.

Jones has not been stripped of his UFC Light Heavyweight championship till now. The UFC fighter is likely to face a possible doping ban of four years that could mean the end of his illustrious career.

Jeff Novitzky, UFC vice president of athlete health and performance, said his understanding is the sample was collected in the hours after the weigh-ins, so that would put him in an in-competition period under the program. Novitzky added Jon is afforded due process and added the B sample would not have been tested already but he is of the view that the substance is 99.999-percent of the time is in the body of that athlete when a World Anti-Doping Agency accredited lab makes an announcement of a positive test of a substance in that athlete’s body. The UFC vice president of athlete health and performance added they do some confirmatory testing on even the A sample.

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Wednesday 16, Aug 2017

  IOC Orders To Return Medals Defied By Russian Athletes

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Russian three-time Olympic silver medalist Tatyana Firova has decided not to return her silver medals in defiance to orders issued by the International Olympic Committee.

The 33-year-old 400m runner, who failed a re-examined drugs test from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, argued that “bureaucrats” must share responsibility for the doping scandal. Firova said we sportsmen are performers and we follow the rules that are given to us by the system. The three-time Olympic silver medalist added a normal person can take banned substances if they want to but the athletes are not allowed to.

Firova, who also has to surrender her 4×400-meter relay silver medal from London after the samples of a teammate were retested, remarked she was sentimentally attached to her Olympic hardware.

Meanwhile, the IOC has commented it had already received a number of medals and was in contact with the relevant Olympic committees about the issue.

Former decathlete Alexander Pogorelov, who was stripped of his Olympic diploma for a fourth-place finish in Beijing after Turinabol was found in his sample, said he does not know whether he had lost the medal or not but he has not seen it in a while. Pogorelov, who now heads the sports committee of the city of Bryansk, commented he probably wouldn’t give it back even if he did find it because he thinks he earned it honestly.

In a recent report, an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) task force monitoring reforms at the Russian federation said it had yet to demonstrate that it has established a strong anti-doping culture within its sport, or that it has created an open environment that encourages whistleblowing. Russia has never acknowledged state support for doping though it has pledged to cooperate with global sports bodies over its anti-doping program. A big majority of Russian officials, athletes, and coaches do not still believe that there was wrongdoing and are of the view that their country is being unfairly targeted.

Some athletes commented that they had not returned the medals as the Russian federation had not simply asked for it. Russian athletics federation president Dmitry Shlyakhtin denied these claims and said they are lying about the fact they were not notified. Shlyakhtin insisted it had contacted them by phone, e-mail, and mail.

The issue of medals not being promptly returned was downplayed by Russian Sports minister Pavel Kolobkov. The Sports minister said many athletes do not give back their medals, not only athletes in Russia.

Organizers of other sports events have also faced obstacles in reclaiming prize money or medals from Russian dopers. The London Marathon has been trying to reclaim money from Liliya Shobukhova, who won the 2010 title and was runner-up in 2011 before she was banned for doping. Shobukhova was sued in Britain and organizers of the marathon are now waiting for a hearing in Russia to have the judgment applied there. The race’s chief executive Nick Bitel said we will spend whatever money it takes to pursue her and get the money back, even if it makes no commercial sense.

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Thursday 22, Jun 2017

  Russia Bans Four Athletes For Doping

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The Athletics Federation of Russia has announced suspensions of four years have been imposed on Russian runners whose samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics tested positive for a banned steroid.

Last year, Long-distance runner Inga Abitova and 400-metre specialists Anastasia Kapachinskaya and Denis Alekseyev were disqualified by the International Olympic Committee after their samples from Beijing were found to contain banned substances in retesting, including the steroid Turinabol.

The results of Alekseyev between August 2008 and June 2013 are annulled, according to the Russian athletics federation. Alekseyev won bronze in Beijing as part of the Russian men’s 4×400-metre relay team but the International Olympic Committee ordered that he and his teammates be stripped of their medals. The Russian athletics federation also announced the results of Kapachinskaya starting from August 2008 are annulled. The athlete and her 4×400-metre relay teammates were also stripped of their silver medals from Beijing. Kapachinskaya also tested positive for Stanozolol and her retested sample from the 2011 World Athletics Championships in Daegu also showed up as positive.

American Francena McCorory will now inherit the 400 bronze of Kapachinskaya from the 2011 world championships. Alekseyev took bronze in the men’s 4x400m and Kapachinskaya claimed silver in the women’s 4x400m relay. Their medals had already been reallocated by the International Olympic Committee and Great Britain is set to receive bronze in both events.

Christine Ohuruogu, Kelly Sotherton, Marilyn Okoro and Nicola Sanders – the GB women’s quartet – finished fifth but now have moved to the third place as a result of both third-placed Russia and fourth-placed Belarus being disqualified because of subsequent failed tests. Andrew Steele, Robert Tobin, Michael Bingham and Martyn Rooney – the men’s four – moved from fourth to third when the International Olympic Committee stripped third-placed Russia of their medal in September.

The Athletics Federation of Russia said the suspensions handed out to Alekseyev and Abitova will end next year because the suspension terms already include two-year bans they had previously served for doping offences. European silver medalist Irina Maracheva was also suspended.

Abitova, the 2006 European Champion in the 10,000 meters reached the final at the 2008 Summer Olympics, and specializes in the 10,000 meters and the marathon. The Russian athlete received a doping ban of two years for abnormal hemoglobin profile in her biological passport. In 2006, Abitova had become European champion over the 10,000 meters at the 2006 European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Alekseyev tested positive for the anabolic steroid Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (Oral Turinabol) in an out-of-competition control 27 June 2013. Alekseyev was one of 14 Russian athletes and nine medalists who were implicated following the retesting of urine from the 2008 Olympic Games.

Kapachinskaya was disqualified from competitions in 2004 and 2008 because of doping offences. The sprint athlete was initially awarded gold in the 200 m event at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Budapest but she was later stripped of the title after testing positive for Stanozolol, the banned anabolic steroid. Kapachinskaya face a lifetime ban from the sport as this would be a second doping offence.

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Tuesday 13, Jun 2017

  Double Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Medalist Banned For Doping

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The United World Wrestling (UWW) has confirmed that double Olympic freestyle wrestling medalist Toghrul Asgarov is one of two athletes suspended by the international governing body of the sport over anti-doping violations.

Asgarov, the Azerbaijani who won the gold medal in the men’s 60 kilogram competition at London 2012 before picking up silver in the 65kg category last year in Rio de Janeiro, was banned for a period of 12 months after he tested positive for Higenamine.

Asgarov also won a gold medal at the 2015 European Games in Baku in the 65kg weight category. He also won a 55kg silver from the 2010 World Championships in Moscow. It was announced that Asgarov’s suspension is due to run from the date of the decision until April 17 next year.

Higenamine falls under section three of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s 2017 Prohibited List and is often found in supplements. In a statement, the UWW said no Therapeutic Use Exemption was delivered by UWW to justify the presence of Higenamine in system of the wrestler.

Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho was temporarily banned by UEFA last year after he tested positive for Higenamine. Sakho missed the 2016 Europa League final but was later cleared.

It was also announced by the UWW that a suspension of four years has been imposed on Russian Greco-Roman wrestler Aslan Visaitov after traces of Peroxisome proliferator activated receptor agonists were found in a test given by him at the Under-23 European Championships in Szombathely in Hungary.

The positive sample of Asgarovc came from an out-of-competition test completed on February 5 and analyzed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited laboratory in German city Cologne. The drug found in system of the Russian is a hormone and metabolic modulator prohibited by WADA. The suspension of Visaitov will run from April 24 until April 23 in 2021. The results of Visaitov from the Greco-Roman 66kg category at the competition, where he won a silver medal, have been altered following his disqualification. Ukrainian Serhii Kozub has been awarded silver with bronze medals for Bulgaria’s Deyvid Tihomirov Dimitrov and Sebastian Nadj of Serbia.

In another development, Uzbekistan wrestler Artur Taymazov has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) stripped him of his Beijing 2008 gold medal for doping. The sample of Taymazov from the Chinese capital failed for banned steroids Turinabol and Stanozolol (Winstrol). Taymazov, the men’s 120 kilograms freestyle competitor, had been a triple Olympic champion until losing his Beijing medal, after also winning the title at both Athens 2004 and London 2012. A CAS statement said the Uzbekistani wrestler Artur Taymazov has filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the decision issued by the International Olympic Committee dated March 31, 2017 in which he was found, further to recent retesting of samples, to have committed an anti-doping rule violation (Turinabol and Stanozolol) during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where he won the gold medal in the men’s 120kg freestyle wrestling event.

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Thursday 27, Apr 2017

  Criticism Of Testing Procedure For Turinabol Dismissed By WADA

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has dismissed the suggestions made by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko that questioned the method for detecting Turinabol.

In an interview with news agency TASS, Mutko had remarked the method for detecting Turinabol would find the banned substance “even in coffee”. Mutko also commented that the test for Turinabol could not be trusted because it was designed by Grigory Rodchenkov. Testimony of the former director of the Moscow Laboratory sparked the Independent Commission investigation into widespread doping in Russia.

Mutko, who was promoted from Sports Minister to Deputy Prime Minister in October of last year, said a number of athletes have filed lawsuits against the method of Rodchenkov that can detect steroids in the body for far longer. Mutko said most violations are currently detected according to a technology designed by a former head of the Russian lab and added Turinabol tests are his invention.

A WADA spokesperson said Oral Turinabol is a synthetic anabolic steroid developed by a pharmaceutical company and we are not aware of any natural source of Turinabol. The spokesperson added we have tested hundreds of thousands of coffee drinkers’ urine samples over the years without detecting any Turinabol or metabolites of Turinabol.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently disqualified two Russian athletes – Tatyana Chernova and Maksim Dyldin – from Beijing 2008 for failing retrospective tests.  A statement by the International Olympic Committee reads that re-analysis of Chernova’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (Turinabol). The statement also reads that the Russian Olympic Committee shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the bronze medal, the medalist pin, and the diploma awarded in connection with the women’s heptathlon event to the athlete and the decision is effective immediately. Dyldin, a relay specialist, is already serving a four year suspension after refusing to participate in drugs tests. The 29-year-old would be ineligible until 2021.

Both athletes were caught because of new techniques provided by Rodchenkov. Chernova was stripped of the bronze medal she won in the heptathlon event in Beijing; the heptathlete has already been stripped of her 2011 world title and the Olympic bronze medal she won at London 2012 for doping.

A total of 83 athletes have tested positive for Turinabol that is at the centre of the IOC’s retesting of samples from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 retests across both editions of the Games. Turinabol was also the substance of choice for East German officials in the infamous state-sponsored doping scheme of the country. The German Democratic Republic (GDR) conducted a widespread doping regime, known as State Plan 14.25, during a 20-year period in the 1970s and 1980s prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The widespread doping regime was overseen by the Ministry for State Security, known as the Stasi. It is widely believed that up to 9,000 athletes were part of the program, often being given banned drugs without their knowledge.

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Tuesday 25, Apr 2017

  Russian Heptathlete Stripped Of Beijing Bronze

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The International Olympic Committee has stripped Russian Olympic heptathlete Tatyana Chernova of her 2008 Beijing Games bronze medal on Monday after she tested positive to banned substances in re-tests of her sample.

A statement on the IOC’s website reads Tatyana Chernova, 29, of Russia, competing in the women’s heptathlon event in which she ranked 3rd and for which he was awarded a bronze medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. The statement further reads that re-analysis of Chernova’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (Turinabol).  The Russian athlete had already served another doping ban that saw her stripped of Olympic bronze at London in 2012 and the 2011 world title from Daegu in South Korea.

Meanwhile, Jessica Ennis-Hill has expressed her delight at the news that she would now become a triple world heptathlon champion after Chernova was finally stripped of her 2011 title. Chernova, who beat Ennis-Hill by 129 points, was given a doping ban of two years after a retesting of her sample from the 2009 world championships found a prohibited anabolic steroid. The results of Chernova from 15 August 2009 to 14 August 2011 were annulled but the 2011 world championships started a fortnight later, on 28 August, and were thus not covered by the annulment. Later, the CAS ruled that all of Chernova’s results between 15 August 2011 and 22 July 2013 are to be annulled that means the Russian loses her gold from Daegu and bronze from the 2012 London Olympics, when she finished behind Ennis-Hill.

The 2012 Olympics sample of fellow Russian Maksim Dyldin, who was fifth with the 4x400m relay team at the Games in London, also tested positive for the same substance. The Russian 400 meter runner finished 17th in the 400m in London and helped Russia to fifth in the 4x400m relay; the results have now been annulled.

In Beijing, Cheronova initially finished fourth in Beijing but she was upgraded to bronze after Liudmyla Blonska of Ukraine tested positive in 2008. Britain’s Kelly Sotherton, originally fifth, is now in line to be promoted to the bronze medal position.

Sotherton is also set to be upgraded to a bronze medal in the Hepthalon from the 2008 Beijing Games after silver medalist Lyudmila Blonska tested positive for anabolic steroid Methyltestosterone during the Games.

Suspension of Cheronova is the 18th Russian doping case from the Beijing Olympic revealed in a re-testing program that has mostly relied on improved detection of anabolic steroids.

The IOC disciplinary panel said in its published judgment that such a significant extension of the detection window is the obvious explanation for the unfortunately spectacular and unprecedented high number of positive cases which were revealed.

A total of 41 medals from Beijing have been stripped after retesting, mostly from athletics and weightlifting.

In another development, a doping ban of four years has been imposed on Russian marathon runner Albina Mayorova by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). A two-time Olympian, Mayorova tested positive last year for excess testosterone. The suspension of Mayorova will backdate to June 28, 2016, while all of her results between March 14, 2016 and June 28, 2016 will be annulled. The ban is likely to bring an end to the competitive career of the Russian marathon runner.

Albina Mayorova, who also competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, has finished in the top 10 in the London, Boston, and Chicago marathons during her career.

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Monday 16, Jan 2017

  Doping Cases Of Three Weightlifters To Be Probed By COC

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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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Wednesday 19, Oct 2016

  Russian Weightlifter Loses Olympic Silver In Doping Case

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced Russian weightlifter Apti Aukhadov has been stripped of a London 2012 silver medal after it was confirmed he had tested positive following the re-analysis of samples.

Aukhadov, who is from the Chechnya region, is the latest athlete to be officially sanctioned by the IOC following retesting of more than 1,000 doping samples from the London Olympics and 2008 Beijing Games.

The 23-year-old has been ordered to return his medal, which he won as a 19-year-old in the British capital. Aukhadov, the under-85 kilograms lifter, failed retests for anabolic steroids Turinabol and Drostanolone. The weightlifter also faces the risk of losing the World and European titles he won in 2013 as well as his world bronze medal won in 2015. Aukhadov becomes the tenth weightlifter to have been formally confirmed as failing a Beijing 2008 or London 2012 retest by the IOC. The Russian weightlifter lifted a total of 385kg to narrowly miss out on first place in London behind Adrian Zielinski of Poland, who managed the same total but had a higher clean and jerk mark. The weightlifter from Poland was barred from Rio 2016 after failing a drug test ahead of the Games.

It was revealed by an IOC disciplinary commission report that Aukhadov initially replied that he was “shocked” by the retest result and did not accept the anti-doping violation finding. The report added Aukhadov did not attend the opening and retesting of the backup “B” sample and also did not attended the hearing, or put up any further defense. The three-man panel said the athlete beyond alleging to be shocked does not bring forth any explanation in respect of the fact that two different anabolic steroids were found in his sample.

The IOC ordered the International Weightlifting Federation to adjust the London weightlifting results. The IWF has also been asked by the IOC to consider any further sanctions against Aukhadov, who could face a ban of at least two years. His gold medals from the 2013 world championships and European championships could also be annulled by the IWF.

Iranian Kianoush Rostami now stands to be promoted to silver after a total haul of 380kg and Tarek Yehia of Egypt should rise from fourth to the bronze medal position after managing 375kg.

The IOC also announced Ukrainian pole vaulter Maksym Mazuryk is also disqualified after finishing 18th in qualifying at London 2012. The pole valuter also tested positive for Turinabol after his sample was tested with the most up to date methods. Mazuryk, a world junior champion in 2002, had earlier claimed a silver medal at the 2010 European Championships and set a personal best of 5.88 metres indoors in 2011. A graduate of the Bubka Sports Club, Mazuryk was tested in Kyiv in July 2012 before the games. He accepted the positive finding and did not request a retesting of the “B” sample.

In another development, American weightlifter Norik Vardanian has tested positive for a banned substance in a sample he provided while competing for Armenia at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The IWF said he produced a positive test for the anabolic steroid Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone.

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Thursday 01, Sep 2016

  More Medalists Stripped For Doping At Beijing Olympics

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The International Olympic Committee has stripped four athletes, including three Russians, after their doping samples from 2008 were retested and came back positive for banned drugs.

The IOC sanctioned a total of six athletes — one runner and five weightlifters — on reanalysis of their samples with improved techniques. The athletes were among the 98 positive cases recorded in the retesting of more than 1,000 samples from Beijing and the 2012 London Olympics.

Yarelys Barrios of Cuba was stripped of the silver medal in the women’s discus from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after he tested positive in a reanalysis of her doping samples. The Cuban discus thrower tested positive for Acetazolamide, a banned diuretic and masking agent. The drug is used to prevent and reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness and has the ability to reduce nausea, headache, tiredness, dizziness, and shortness of breath. This “water pill” (diuretic) can work less well over time.

The 33-year-old has been retroactively disqualified and loses the silver medal that she won with a throw of 63.64 meters. Olena Antonova of Ukraine would now receive the silver medal and Song Aimin of China will move from fourth to bronze. Stephanie Brown Tratfton of the United States won the gold with a throw of 64.74 meters. Yarelys also competed at the 2012 London Olympics and was upgraded from fourth place to the bronze medal after Darya Pishchainikova of Russia was retroactively stripped of the silver for doping.

The International Olympic Committee asked the IAAF, the track and field’s world governing body, to modify the 2008 discus results and consider any further action against the two-time silver medalist at the world championships and two-time gold medalist in the Pan American Games.

The Nigerian-born Qatari sprinter Samuel Adelebari Francis was disqualified from the Beijing Games after testing positive for the steroid Stanozolol. Francis was eliminated in the 100-meter heats and did not start in the 200-meter heats. The Qatari sprinter was the 100-meter champion at the 2007 Asian Games in Amman where won in a personal best time of 9.99 seconds.

Russian weightlifter Marina Shainova was stripped of her silver medal in the 58-kilogram class after testing positive for Stanozolol and Turinabol. Nadezda Evstyukhina was stripped of her bronze medal in the 75-kilogram weightlifting division after her samples came back positive for Turinabol and EPO. Armenia’s Tigram Martirosyan, who tested positive for Stanozolol and Turinabol, was stripped of the bronze medal in the men’s 69 kg weightlifting class. Russian runner Tatyana Firova was stripped of her silver medal in the women’s 4×400-metre relay after she tested positive for Turinabol and a cocktail of other steroids. Tatyana had her ninth-place finish in the individual 400 meters annulled.

Alexandru Dudoglo of Moldova (ninth place in the 69 kg division) was also disqualified for Stanozolol and Intigam Zairov of Azerbaijan (ninth place in the 85 kg class) tested positive for Turinabol.

Previously, Russia was stripped of the relay medal when runner Anastasia Kapachinskaya tested positive. The country also lost the Beijing gold medal in the 4×100 relay after Yulia Chermoshanskaya failed a retest of her samples.

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