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Tuesday 16, Dec 2008

  Three more athletes found guilty of doping in Beijing

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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.

Sunday 28, Sep 2008

  Post-Olympics news: Four Belarusian athletes implicated in steroid use

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steroids-2008olympicsThe Belarusian Athletics Federation said Tuesday they penalized shot putter Yulia Leantsyuk and steeplechaser Irina Bakhanouskaya for two years after testing positive for anabolic steroids.

BAF spokesperson Nastassia Maryinina said the organization decided to ban the two athletes last month. Maryinina said samples taken from Leantsyuk on July 22 tested positive for testosterone. Bakhanouskaya’s samples on July 21 tested positive for stanozolol.

Meanwhile, two other Belarusian athletes are given until October 17 to explain why they tested positive for testosterone after the August 17 hammer final in Beijing.

Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan met with the International Olympic Committee’s Disciplinary Commission this weekend and both were provided with ample time to prove their innocence against doping allegations.

“We are waiting and we hope,” silver medalist Devyatovskiy said through an interpreter. “We know that we are clean but we are waiting for information.”

The Belarus pair could be disqualified and stripped of their medals if found guilty of doping. Devyatoyskiy won the silver in the final while Tsikhan took home the bronze medal. If found guilty, Devyatovskiy could be banned for life since it would be his second doping infringement; he served a two-year suspension from 2000-2002. It would be Tshikhan’s first doping violation.

The doping case involving Polish canoeist Adam Seroczynski was also heard by the commission on the same day. The 34-year-old Seroczynski, who competed in the flatwater K2 class at Beijing, tested positive for clenbuterol. He, with his teammate Mariusz Kujawski, finished fourth in the event. Kujawski is not under suspicion.

The disciplinary commission is expected to decided on the Seroczynski case on October 8.