steroids medalistThe International Olympic Committee announced that two medalists and a fourth finisher in the Beijing Olympics were disqualified due to doping violations.

Hammer throwers Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan, both from Belarus, face ban for testing positive for abnormal levels of testosterone. Devyatoskiy’s penalty could be a lifetime ban since this is second doping offense. He served his first offense in 2000-2002. It is Tsikhan’s first offense and he’s likely to get a two-year ban from the sport.

The two were found guilty during their meeting with the IOC disciplinary committee in Lausanne in September.

Their disqualifications have stripped them of their medals. Devyatovskiy and Tsikhan won the silver and bronze in Beijing, respectively. The silver medal now goes to Belarus Krisztian Pars and the bronze to Japan’s Koji Murofushi. Slovenia’s Primoz Kozmus won the gold in that event.

Polish canoeist Adam Seroczynski, meanwhile, was disqualified for testing for the weight-loss drug Clenbuterol. Some reports classified Clenbuterol as an anabolic steroid. Seroczynski was the fourth finisher in the flatwater K2 event in Beijing.

These three recent cases bring the total number of disqualified athletes in testing carried out during the Games to nine. The six athletes disqualified during the Games were Ukrainian heptathlete Lyudmila Blonska, Ukrainian weightlifter Igor Razoronov, Greek hurdler Fani Halkia, North Korean shooter Kim Jong Su, Spanish cyclist Isabel Moreno and Vietnamese gymnast Thi Ngan Thuong Do.

Prior to the commencement of the Beijing Olympics, more than a dozen athletes were barred from participating at the Games for doping violations. Among those disqualified were 11 members of the Greek weightlifting team when they tested positive for steroids in April.

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