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23 London 2012 Olympics Athletes Fail Drug Re-tests

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Photo: Russia's Mariya Savinova, left, and Ekaterina Poistogova won gold and bronze, respectively, at the 2012 London Olympics were accused of doping (Franck Fife/AFP/GettyImages)

Photo: Russia’s Mariya Savinova, left, and Ekaterina Poistogova won gold and bronze, respectively, at the 2012 London Olympics were accused of doping (Franck Fife/AFP/GettyImages)

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that 23 competitors at the London 2012 Games failed doping re-tests.

IOC conducted retest on 454 selected doping samples from 2008 Beijing Olympic and another 265 from London 2012 using the latest scientific methods.

The athletes were selected from five different sports and six different countries.

The target athletes are those who will possibly take part at this year’s Rio Olympics.

According to IOC president Thomas Bach, “These re-analyses show, once again, our determination in the fight against doping.

“We want to keep the dopers away from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.”

Last week, the IOC announced 31 athletes from the 2008 Games had tested positive following re-examination of their samples.

Russia confirmed 14 of those positive retests from Beijing concerned their athletes and included some medalists.

Following those re-tests, Maria Abakumova, who won javelin silver eight years ago, was named as one of 14 Russian athletes to have tested positive.

Russian high jumper Anna Chicherova, who won bronze in Beijing, has also been named by Russian television.

Rejecting the results, Chicherova has vowed to clear her name.

Up to 31 athletes from six sports could be banned from competing at the Rio Games following the retesting of the 454 selected doping samples from the 2008 Games.

The IOC said it would not be revealing the names of athletes who had returned positive results until B samples had been tested and individuals informed.

“It’s the most complete shock,” she said. I can’t explain how it could have happened. 

“I was always sure what supplements and medicines I was using.”

Russian athletes are currently banned from international competition after allegations of state-organised doping.

Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko says the ban should be lifted but thinks it should remain in place.

“I’d almost go as far as to say I wouldn’t want to compete in Rio if Russia were competing,” she added.

“But if they are reinstated and I didn’t compete I’d be cheating myself out of another opportunity at the Olympics.”

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