21st June 2016

IWF confirm seven positives from 2008 IOC retests

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has confirmed seven adverse analytical findings (AAFs) from the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) retests of samples taken at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The confirmation adds to the ten AAFs the IWF announced from the IOC’s retests of samples taken at the London 2012 Olympics. However, it equates to 16 weightlifters in total, as Ilya Ilyin, a Kazakh weightlifter who took gold at both Olympics, returned an AAF in both sets of retests.

Weightlifting AAFs made up 10 of the 23 positives (43.5%) from retests of samples taken at the London 2012 Olympics, and seven of 31 positives (22.6%) from retests of samples taken at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. As such, the IWF has dedicated a full day to discuss doping issues at its meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia, 22/23 June.

Many of the weightlifters returning positives from the Beijing 2008 retests had already served bans for doping. Intigam Zairov of Azerbaijan remains suspended until 2023, due to a previous AAF for nandrolone and deyhdrochlormethyltestosterone. Nurcan Taylan of Turkey missed the London 2012 Olympics after being banned for two years after returning an AAF for methandienone in 2011. She holds six European and one world record (and tied two more world records). Russian Marina Shainova returned from a two-year ban in April last year, after returning an AAF for stanozolol in 2013.

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