Press releases 17th November 2016

IOC sanctions 16 athletes for failing anti-doping tests at Beijing 2008

The protection of clean athletes and the fight against doping are top priorities for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. To provide a level playing field for all clean athletes at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the IOC put special measures in place, including targeted pre-tests and the re-analysis of stored samples from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012, following an intelligence-gathering process that started in August 2015.

As part of this process, the IOC today announced that 16 athletes have been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. The details follow.

Khadzhimurat Akkaev, 31, of the Russian Federation, competing in the men’s 94kg weightlifting event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which he ranked 3rd and for which he was awarded a bronze medal. Reanalysis of Akkaev’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Khadzhimurat Akkaev:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the men’s 94kg weightlifting event in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008,
    3. has the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma obtained in the men’s 94kg weightlifting event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
  2. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  3. The Russian Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  4. The Russian Olympic Committee shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma awarded in connection with the men’s 94kg weightlifting event to the Athlete.
  5. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Khasan Baroev, 33, of the Russian Federation, competing in the men’s 96-120kg Greco-Roman wrestling event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which he ranked 2nd and for which he was awarded a silver medal. Reanalysis of Baroev’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Khasan Baroev:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the men’s 96-120kg Greco-Roman wrestling event in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008,
    3. has the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma obtained in the men’s 96-120kg Greco-Roman wrestling event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
  2. The UWW is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  3. The Russian Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  4. The Russian Olympic Committee shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma awarded in connection with the men’s 96-120kg Greco-Roman wrestling event to the Athlete.
  5. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Natalya Davydova, 31, of Ukraine, competing in the women’s 69kg weightlifting event,  has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which she ranked 3rd and for which she was awarded a bronze medal. Reanalysis of Davydova’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Natalya Davydova:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the women’s 69kg weightlifting event in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008,
    3. has the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma obtained in the women’s 69kg weightlifting event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
  2. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  3. The National Olympic Committee of Ukraine shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  4. The National Olympic Committee of Ukraine shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma awarded in connection with the women’s 69kg weightlifting event to the Athlete.
  5. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Chrysopigi Devetzi, 41, of Greece, competing in the women’s triple jump event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which she ranked 3rd and for which she was awarded a bronze medal. Reanalysis of Devetzi’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance stanozolol.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The proceedings are filed.
  2. The IOC and the Greek Olympic Committee are invited to implement the existing decision, among other things annulling the Athlete’s results achieved on the occasion of the 2008 Olympic Games.

The full decision is available here.

Mariya Grabovetskaya, 29, of Kazakhstan, competing in the women’s +75kg weightlifting event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which she ranked 3rd and for which she was awarded a bronze medal. Reanalysis of Grabovetskaya’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol), oxandrolone and stanozolol.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Mariya Grabovetskaya:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the women’s +75kg weightlifting event in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008,
    3. has the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma obtained in the women’s +75kg weightlifting event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
  2. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  3. The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  4. The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma awarded in connection with the women’s +75kg weightlifting event to the Athlete.
  5. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Iryna Kulesha, 30, of Belarus, competing in the women’s 75kg weightlifting event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which she ranked 4th and for which she was awarded a diploma. Reanalysis of Kulesha’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Iryna Kulesha:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the women’s 75kg weightlifting event in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008,
    3. has the diploma obtained in the women’s 75kg weightlifting event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
  2. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  3. The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  4. The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the diploma awarded in connection with the women’s 75kg weightlifting event to the Athlete.
  5. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Dmitry Lapikov, 34, of the Russian Federation, competing in the men’s 105kg weightlifting event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which he ranked 3rd and for which he was awarded a bronze medal. Reanalysis of Lapikov’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Dmitry Lapikov:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the men’s 105kg weightlifting event in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008,
    3. has the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma obtained in the men’s 105kg weightlifting event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
  2. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  3. The Russian Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  4. The Russian Olympic Committee shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma awarded in connection with the men’s 105kg weightlifting event to the Athlete.
  5. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Asset Mambetov, 34, of Kazakhstan, competing in the men’s 84-96kg Greco-Roman wrestling event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which he ranked 3rd and for which he was awarded a bronze medal. Reanalysis of Mambetov’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance stanozolol.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Asset Mambetov:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the men’s 84-96kg Greco-Roman wrestling event in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008,
    3. has the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma obtained in the men’s 84-96kg Greco-Roman wrestling event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
  2. The UWW is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  3. The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  4. The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma awarded in connection with the men’s 84-96kg Greco-Roman wrestling event.
  5. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Maya Maneza, 31, of Kazakhstan, competing in the women’s 63kg weightlifting event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 (she was scheduled to compete on 12 August 2008 but ultimately did not start the competition for an unknown reason). Reanalysis of Maneza’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance stanozolol.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Maya Maneza:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the women’s 63kg weightlifting event in which she was registered upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008,
  2. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  3. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Irina Nekrassova, 28, of Kazakhstan, competing in the women’s 63kg weightlifting event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, for which she ranked 2nd and for which she was awarded a silver medal. Reanalysis of Nekrassova’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance stanozolol.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Irina Nekrassova:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the women’s 63kg weightlifting event in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008,
    3. has the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma obtained in the women’s 63kg weightlifting event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
  2. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  3. The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  4. The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma awarded in connection with the women’s 63kg weightlifting event to the Athlete.
  5. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Vita Palamar, 39, of Ukraine, competing in the women’s high jump event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which she ranked 5th and for which she was awarded a diploma. Reanalysis of Palamar’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Vita Palamar:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the women’s high jump event in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008,
    3. has the diploma obtained in the women’s high jump event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
  2. The IAAF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  3. The National Olympic Committee of Ukraine shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  4. The National Olympic Committee of Ukraine shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the diploma awarded in connection with the women’s high jump event to the Athlete.
  5. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Nizami Pashayev, 35, of Azerbaijan, competing in the men’s 94kg weightlifting event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which he ranked 5th and for which he was awarded a diploma. Reanalysis of Pashayev’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol), oxandrolone and stanozolol.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Nizami Pashayev:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the men’s 94kg weightlifting event in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008,
    3. has the diploma obtained in the men’s 94kg weightlifting event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
  2. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  3. The National Olympic Committee of the Azerbaijani Republic shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  4. The National Olympic Committee of the Azerbaijani Republic shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the diploma awarded in connection with the men’s 94kg weightlifting event to the Athlete.
  5. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Vitaliy Rahimov, 32, of Azerbaijan, competing in the men’s 55-60kg Greco-Roman wrestling event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which he ranked 2nd and for which he was awarded a silver medal. Reanalysis of Rahimov’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Vitaliy Rahimov:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the men’s 55-60kg Greco-Roman wrestling in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008,
    3. has the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma obtained in the men’s 55-60kg Greco-Roman wrestling withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
  2. The UWW is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  3. The National Olympic Committee of the Azerbaijani Republic shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  4. The National Olympic Committee of the Azerbaijani Republic shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma awarded in connection with the men’s 55-60kg Greco-Roman wrestling to the Athlete.
  5. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Vladimir Sedov, 28, of Kazakhstan, competing in the men’s 85kg weightlifting event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which he ranked 4th and for which he was awarded a diploma. Reanalysis of Sedov’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance stanozolol.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Vladimir Sedov:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the men’s 85kg weightlifting event in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008,
    3. has the diploma obtained in the men’s 85kg weightlifting event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
  2. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  3. The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  4. The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the diploma awarded in connection with the men’s 85kg weightlifting event to the Athlete.
  5. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Elena Slesarenko, 34, of the Russian Federation, competing in the women’s high jump event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which she ranked 4th and for which she was awarded a diploma. Reanalysis of Slesarenko’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Elena SLESARENKO:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the women’s high jump event in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008,
    3. has the diploma obtained in the women’s high jump event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
  2. The IAAF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  3. The Russian Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  4. The Russian Olympic Committee shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the diploma awarded in connection with the women’s high jump event to the Athlete.
  5. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Denys Yurchenko, 38, of Ukraine, competing in the men’s pole vault event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which he ranked 3rd and for which he was awarded a bronze medal. Reanalysis of Yurchenko’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Denys Yurchenko:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
    2. is disqualified from the men’s pole vault event in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008,
    3. has the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma obtained in the men’s pole vault event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
  2. The IAAF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  3. The National Olympic Committee of Ukraine shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  4. The National Olympic Committee of Ukraine shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma awarded in connection with the men’s pole vault event to the Athlete.
  5. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

The additional analyses on samples collected during the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012 were performed with improved analytical methods, in order to possibly detect prohibited substances that could not be identified by the analysis performed at the time of these editions of the Olympic Games.

• This media release was originally published by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 17 November 2016. To access the original, please click here.

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