Press releases 22 July 2016

Second wave of reanalysis reveals banned substances in 45 athletes

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced today that reanalysis of the second wave of samples from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 has resulted in Provisional Adverse Analytical Findings (PAAFs) of 30 athletes from Beijing and Adverse Analytical Findings (AAFs) of 15 athletes from London.*

The latest results bring the total number of athletes who tested positive for prohibited substances from the first and second waves of reanalysis to 98. The third and fourth waves are expected to continue throughout and after the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

The protection of clean athletes and the fight against doping are top priorities for the 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 has put special measures in place such as targeted pre-tests of identified sports and countries. Using the very latest scientific analysis methods, the reanalysis of stored samples from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012 followed an intelligence-gathering process that started in August 2015 and included the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and International Federations (IFs). “The new reanalysis once again shows the commitment of the IOC in the fight against doping,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.

The second wave of the Beijing 2008 retests focused mainly on medallists, as will subsequent testing. Of the 30 latest PAAFs from Beijing 2008, 23 were medallists. The 30 athletes were from four sports and eight National Olympic Committees (NOCs). The 15 athletes with AAFs from London 2012 represented two sports and 9 NOCs. In total, 1,243 doping samples from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 were selected to be reanalysed in wave one and wave two.

The athletes, NOCs and IFs concerned are being informed, after which the proceedings against the athletes can begin. All athletes found to have infringed the anti-doping rules will be banned from competing at the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

First Wave

Beijing: 454 selected samples / 30 AAFs / 12 NOCs / 6 sports **
London: 265 selected samples / 23 AAFs / 6 NOCs / 5 sports

Second Wave

Beijing: 386 selected samples / 30 PAAFs / 8 NOCs / 4 sports
London: 138 selected samples / 15 AAFs / 9 NOCs / 2 sports

* Please note that for legal reasons the IOC cannot currently give more detailed information on the cases. This will follow in due course.

** Please note that two of the 31 originally announced PAAFs from Beijing (press release on 17 May 2016) did not turn into AAFs, but one additional PAAF was detected and did become an AAF.

• This media release was originally published on the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) internet site on 22 July 2016. To access the original, please click here.

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