The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday (Mar 29) it had stripped one athlete of his bronze medal and retrospectively punished two others after doping retests of samples from the 2012 London Games.
|Valentin Hristov has been stripped of the bronze he won in London. (Photo: AFP/Yuri Cortez)|
The International Testing Agency (ITA) has been selecting competitors from the London Olympics for re-analysis before the statute of limitations is reached in 2020.
Among the latest positives were Valentin Hristov of Azerbaijan, who finished third in the men’s 56kg weightlifting, and becomes the ninth lifter from those Games caught by retests since last autumn. He tested positive for an anabolic steroid, Turinabol.
The other positives came from two Belarusian track and field athletes who did not make it past the qualifying stages of their events.
Anis Ananenka, eliminated in the men’s 800 metre heats, also tested positive for Turinabol. Alena Matoshka, who came 25th in the women’s hammer, tested positive for anabolic steroid Oxandrolone.
All three can appeal, either to the Court for Arbitration in Sport or an IOC Disciplinary Commission.
The IOC said in a press release that ITA had taken over “the selection of samples to be re-analysed and the results management.”
Re-testing by the IOC and, more recently, by ITA, operational since last July, has so far exposed more than 50 positive cases from London including winners of some 20 medals. During the Games there were only a dozen positive tests.
The IOC refused to name any other athletes who are being retested.