Press releases 25th November 2016

IOC sanctions seven athletes for failing anti-doping tests at Beijing 2008 and London 2012

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 seven athletes have been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012. The details follow.

Ilya Ilin, 28, of Kazakhstan, competing in the men’s 94kg weightlifting event in which he ranked 1st and for which he was awarded the gold medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Re-analysis of Ilin’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 Uğur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Ilya Ilin:
    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,
    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 has the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma obtained in the men’s 94kg weightlifting event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.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 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, medallist pin and 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.

Pavel Lyzhyn, 35, of Belarus, competing in the men’s shot put event (qualification and final) in which he ranked 4th and for which he was awarded a diploma, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Reanalysis of Lyzhyn’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 Uğur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Pavel Lyzhyn:
    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,
    2. is disqualified from the men’s shot put event in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008,
    3. has the diploma obtained in the men’s shot put 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 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 men’s shot put event to the Athlete.
  5. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Aksana Miankova, 34, of Belarus, competing in the women’s hammer throw event (qualification and final) in which she ranked 1st and for which she was awarded the gold medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Reanalysis of Miankova’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol) and oxandrolone.

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

  1. The Athlete, Aksana Miankova:
    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,
    2. is disqualified from the women’s hammer throw 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 hammer throw 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 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 medal, medallist pin and diploma awarded in connection with the women’s hammer throw event to the Athlete.
  5. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Natallia Mikhnevich, 34, of Belarus, competing in the women’s shot put event (qualification and final) in which she ranked 2nd and for which she was awarded the silver medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Reanalysis of Mikhnevich’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances methandienone and stanozolol.

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

  1. The Athlete, Natallia Mikhnevich:
    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,
    2. is disqualified from the women’s shot put 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 shot put 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 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 medal, medallist pin and diploma awarded in connection with the women’s shot put event to the Athlete.
  5. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Sviatlana Usovich, 36, of Belarus, competing in the women’s 800m event (round 1 and semi-final) in which she ranked 23rd, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Reanalysis of Usovich’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 Uğur Erdener, decided the following:

  1. The Athlete, Sviatlana Usovich:
    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,
    2. is disqualified from all the events in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, namely the women’s 800m event and the women’s 4x400m relay event,
    3. has the diploma obtained in the women’s 4x400m relay event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
  2. The Belarus team is disqualified from the women’s 4x400m relay. The corresponding diplomas are withdrawn and shall be returned.
  3. The IAAF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned events accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  4. The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  5. The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the diplomas awarded in connection with the women’s 4x400m relay event to the Athlete and to the other members of the women’s 4x400m Belarus team.
  6. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Ilya Ilin, 28, of Kazakhstan, competing in the men’s 94kg weightlifting event in which he ranked 1st and for which he was awarded the gold medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012. Re-analysis of Ilin’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol) and stanozolol.

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

  1. The Athlete, Ilya Ilin:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012,
    2. is disqualified from the men’s 94kg weightlifting event in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games London 2012,
    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 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, medallist pin and 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.

Aksana Miankova, 34, of Belarus, competing in the women’s hammer throw event (qualification and final) in which she ranked 7th and for which she was awarded a diploma, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012. Re-analysis of Miankova’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol) and stanozolol.

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

  1. The Athlete, Aksana Miankova:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012,
    2. is disqualified from the women’s hammer throw event in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games London 2012,
    3. has the diploma obtained in the women’s hammer throw 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 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 hammer throw event to the Athlete.
  5. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Boyanka Kostova, 23, of Azerbaijan, competing in the women’s 58kg weightlifting event in which she ranked 5th and for which she was awarded a diploma, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012. Re-analysis of Kostova’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol) and stanozolol.

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

  1. The Athlete, Boyanka Kostova:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012,
    2. is disqualified from the women’s 58kg weightlifting event in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games London 2012,
    3. has the diploma obtained in the women’s 58kg 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 women’s 58kg weightlifting event to the Athlete.
  5. This decision enters into force immediately.

The full decision is available here.

Nastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova, 27, of Belarus, competing in the women’s long jump event (qualification and final) in which she ranked 7th and for which she was awarded a diploma, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012. Re-analysis of Mironchyk-Ivanova’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).

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

  1. The Athlete, Nastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova:
    1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London 2012,
    2. is disqualified from the women’s long jump event in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games London 2012,
    3. has the diploma obtained in the women’s long 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 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 long jump 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 25 November 2016. To access the original, please click here.

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