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13th September 2015
UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) today welcomed the news from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that reanalysis of the “A” samples from 23 athletes in five sports and from six National Olympic Committees (NOCs) who competed at the Olympic Games London 2012 has returned Adverse Analytical Findings (AAFs).
In total, 265 selected doping samples from the London 2012 Olympic Games were reanalysed, all based on intelligence-gathering that began in August 2015. The reanalysis programme is ongoing, with the possibility of more results in the coming weeks.
UKAD’s Director of Operations, Pat Myhill said: “UKAD welcomes the news that the IOC has reanalysed samples from both the Beijing and London Olympic Games. The ability to retest samples, as a result of new intelligence or the development of new testing techniques, is a vital tool in the fight against doping in sport.
“Retrospective analysis allows us to pursue those who cheat clean athletes, long after the competition has ended. It sends a clear message to those who dope – if you chose to make that choice, and think that you’ve got away with it, think again. We can, and will, catch you.
“Doping has a huge impact on the clean athletes – it takes away once in a lifetime opportunities. We can never replace those memories, but we can do our best to ensure that individuals who choose to steal those moments are caught and punished accordingly, and that clean athletes are rightly awarded the titles they train so hard to achieve.”
• This media release was originally sent by email by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) on 27 May 2016.
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