The review of samples from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 has yielded a score of positive, largely Russian
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) plans to launch a tough anti-doping message with the exclusion of a good number of athletes from the Rio de Janeiro Games after reviewing their analysis of Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
So far, there are about thirty athletes, although there could be more, from twelve different countries and six Olympic disciplines. The anti-doping controls of these athletes, which in the previous Games revealed no anomalies, would have now yielded, with more advanced methods and capable of detecting more doping substances, a positive result.
The first names that have been known are those of 14 Russian Olympians, eight of them medalists in Peking, from where would come its positive. Anna Chicherova, bronze in high jump in 2008 and gold at the London 2012 Games, is one of them. The penalty would also imply the loss of the medal, which would allow the Spanish Ruth Beitia, who was fourth, to climb to the podium as a bronze medal.
The list also includes the Olympic runners-up in 4×400 relays Anastasia Kapachinskaya (world champion in 2003 and Europe in 2010) and Tatyana Fírova (also silver in Athens 2004 and London 2012).
Among the accused Beijing medalists are also Denis Nizhegorodov, bronze in 50 kilometers march in 2008 and silver in 2004; Maria Abakumova, silver in javelin throwing; Ekaterina Volkova, silver in 3,000 meters obstacles; Nadezhda Evstyukhina and Marina Shainova, bronze and silver in weightlifting, respectively.
Inga Abitova, champion of Europe in march 10 kilometers in 2005 and 2006; Yulia Chermoshanskaya, European champion in 4×400 relays in 2010 and 2011; Alexander Pogorélov, bronze at the Decathlon World Championships in Berlin 2009; And Alexander Kornilov, European champion and runner-up in the world, close the list of international champions in Beijing suspected of doping.
Denis Alekseev (relay 4×400) and Iván Yushkov (bullet throw), two smaller international athletes who competed in those Olympic Games, are also among the accused.
In addition to the 454 samples that have been revised from Beijing, there are another 250 London 2012 “in process,” according to the president of the international body, Thomas Bach.
Russia, under suspicion
Punishments can range from a lifelong suspension to a ban on participating in the Games or sanctioning an entire federation. The International Athletics Federation (IAAF) has already agreed last year to provisionally suspend the Russian Federation, following the recommendation of the Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Following recent scandals with massive doping in Russian athletics and mass consumption among Russian sportsmen and women of meldonium, a cardiovascular drug banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, new media reports have in recent days targeted doping at the Winter Olympics of Sochi 2014.
Former Russian anti-doping laboratory director Grigori Ródchenkov and Russian Anti-Doping Agency official Vitali Stepanov have denounced US media that dozens of Russian athletes, including at least 15 medalists, were doped in Sochi for the Own host country authorities.
Ródchenkov admitted that he himself provided the athletes with a cocktail of three anabolic steroids -metabolone, trenbolone and oxandrolone- that allowed them to recover quickly from high intensity workouts and compete at the highest level for several consecutive days.
The KGB was able to manipulate the urine
In addition, he reported that alleged agents of the Federal Security Service (FSB, former KGB) manipulated during the course of the Olympic Games urine samples to prevent the Russian athletes were discovered.
Apparently, the method worked, as after sixth place at the Vancouver Games, Russian athletes won 33 medals in Sochi, thirteen gold, ten more than in Canadian lands, which allowed them to win against All prognosis the first position in the medal table ahead of the US.…