Doping: IOC strips Greek triple jumper of Olympic medal
The International Olympic Committee has stripped 10 athletes – including bronze medallist Greek triple jumper Chrysopigi Devetzi – of their 2008 Olympic medals, after banned substances were found during retests of samples.
The athletes, nine of whom come from former Soviet Union nations, all tested positive for various steroids. No gold medalists were among the 10, but there were three silver medalists from weightlifting and wrestling.
Greek triple jumper Chrysopigi Devetzi and Ukrainian pole vaulter Denys Yurchenko have lost their bronzes.
Six more athletes who did not win medals in 2008 were also disqualified, including Russia's Elena Slesarenko, who won gold in the women's high jump in Athens in 2004 but was only fourth in Beijing.
The IOC has been re-testing samples from both the Beijing and London Games and it brings the total of banned athletes from 2008 to 76.
An International Olympic Committee statement said: “The protection of clean athletes and the fight against doping are top priorities for the IOC. To provide a level playing field for all clean athletes at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the IOC put special measures in place, including targeted pre-tests and the re-analysis of stored samples from Beijing 2008 and London 2012, following an intelligence-gathering process that started in August 2015.”
In total, 98 athletes were caught in the IOC’s first two waves of re-tests from Beijing and London and the results of a third and fourth wave are still to come.
Source: The BBC, The Guardian