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Thursday, 19 May 2016

IOC expected to ban 31 athletes

A number of urine samples from 2008 and 2012 Olympics are going to be retested by the IOC after Grigory Rodchenkov, the former Russian anti-doping lab director reported. The director claimed that he had helped the Russian government avoid detection of drugs from some of
the nations’ top athletes.

An appalling number of 454 and 250 doping samples from 2008 and 2012 respectively are being re-examined by the IOC. The 31 athletes accused of doping have not been publicly identified yet however the concerned countries would be receiving a notice in the coming days.
Last year the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accused the Russians of doping consequently, Russia’s track and field team has been banned from participating in the coming Olympics in Rio. Dr. Rodchenkov recently reported that the Russians had doped in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. He also reported a detailed story of an overnight operation where he and a small team had replaced the Russian athletes’ tainted urine samples with clean ones which were secretly passed through a hole in the wall. He has also offered to help the IOC and the WADA in their investigation against the Russian athletes with his given evidence. Another four weight-lifting athletes, among them a Record holder have been suspended for doping by the Russian weightlifting Federation.
WADA is reported to have appointed a former Interpol agent to investigate the inquiry. Apart from Russia, Kenya is another country that has been accused of doping and is being charged for the same.

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