Russian state-run news agency TASS reports that 14 Russian athletes are among the 31 Olympians who tested positive for banned substances in a retest of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
News broke earlier this month that 31 athletes over 6 different sports and 12 national Olympic committees tested positive in a retest of samples from the Beijing Olympics. The International Olympic Committee is allowed to keep frozen urine samples from previous Olympic Games for a set amount of time, retesting those samples as new testing methods evolve to detect substances that would have been undetectable at the time of the games.
The names and nationalities of the athletes have not yet been released, but Russia’s TASS reported today that 14 of the 31 are Russian athletes, per a source inside the Russian Olympic Committee.
TASS also reports four specific athletes it says are among the 31 – Olympic high jump champion Anna Chicherova and the trio of Maria Abakumov (who won silver in the javelin throw), Anastasia Kapachinskaya (who took silver as part of the 4×400 meter relay) and Denis Nizhegorodov (who took bronze in the 50km race walk).
Russia’s track & field federation is already facing a potential ban from the 2016 Rio Olympics, and IOC President Thomas Bach said earlier this month that other sporting federations could also find themselves banned if allegations about a state-sponsored doping program are proven true.
The Russian swimming federation has said it won’t respond to media requests, but will post on its website when it has more information.