POSTED: July 22nd 2016

Doping: IOC reveals 23 medallists of 45 positive athletes in new Beijing and London retests

Beijing 2008 Olympic Games opening ceremony in the Bird's Nest stadium © SFC
Beijing 2008 Olympic Games opening ceremony in the Bird's Nest stadium © SFC

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that the second wave of samples from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 uncovers 45 positive athletes of which 23 are medallists.

All the athletes that have infringed the anti-doping rules will be banned from competing at Rio 2016 and the NOCS and Ifs are being informed after that the proceedings against the athletes can begin.

The IOC has stepped up its screening using the very latest scientific methods, the reanalysis of stored samples from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012 followed an intelligence-gathering process that started in August 2015 and included the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and International Federations (IFs).

After the recent doping revelations in order to achieve a fair playing field for the Rio 2016 Games, the IOC has put special measures in place such as targeted pre-tests of identified sports and countries.

IOC President Thomas Bach said, "The new reanalysis once again shows the commitment of the IOC in the fight against doping."

The second wave of samples from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 discovered the Provisional Adverse Analytical Findings (PAAFs) of 30 athletes from Beijing and Adverse Analytical Findings (AAFs) of 15 athletes from London. The IOC cannot give more detailed information on these cases at this time details will follow in due course.

The IOC said that the second wave of the Beijing 2008 retests focused mainly on medallists, as will subsequent testing.

From the Beijing 2008 Games of the latest 30 PAAFs 23 were medallists and 30 athletes participated in four sports and came from eight National Olympic Committees (NOCs). From London 2012 there were 15 athletes with AAFs that participated in two sports and came from 9 NOCs.

This now makes 98 athletes who have tested positive for performance enhancing substances through the first and second reanalysis waves and the third and fourth are expected to continue through the Rio 2016 Games which start in one week and afterwards.

In wave one and two 1,243 doping samples from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 were selected to be reanalyzed.

First Wave

Beijing: 454 selected samples / 30 AAFs / 12 NOCs / 6 sports **

London: 265 selected samples / 23 AAFs / 6 NOCs / 5 sports

Second Wave

Beijing: 386 selected samples / 30 PAAFs / 8 NOCs / 4 sports

London: 138 selected samples / 15 AAFs / 9 NOCs / 2 sports

** Please note that two of the 31 originally announced PAAFs from Beijing (press release on 17 May 2016) did not turn into AAFs, but one additional PAAF was detected and did become an AAF.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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