IOC Medical and Scientific Director Richard Budgett announces the findings.Council News
Date : 09 Dec 2016
Lausanne, Switzerland, December 7, 2016: The IOC announced on Wednesday that the reanalysis programme of the samples from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 has led to 101 adverse analytical findings. So far, 79 athletes have been sanctioned as a consequence. The reanalysis programme began in August 2015 and was conducted in collaboration with WADA, the International Federations (IFs) and National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) in a bid to protect clean athletes.
“This is a good example of the whole anti-doping community working together,” said the IOC Medical and Scientific Director, Richard Budgett. “Without the full cooperation between the IOC, WADA, IFs and NADOs we would not have been able to put together such a successful programme,” he added.
As a result of this programme, 41 athletes eligible for the 2016 Rio Olympics were suspended. Samples from London have been reanalysed to assist the McLaren Report, and there are likely to be more cases in the coming weeks and months as the reanalysis programme continues in consultation with WADA and the IFs.
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