As with the retesting of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has released initial findings of reanalysis of samples from the 2012 London Olympics. A total of 265 samples from London were retested using the latest technology available.
The retesting is part of the IOC’s efforts to protect clean athletes by preventing dopers from competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
According to the IOC, 23 athletes across 6 different counties have tested positive for banned substances as a result of the samples being retested. The athletes stem from 5 different sports, although no specifics have been released at this time other than to say that all have failed their A samples.
The athletes and corresponding federations and national Olympic committees have been informed of the retest results and all athletes found to have infringed the anti-doping rules will be banned from Rio. The athletes will also face a possible loss of any medals earned at the London Games.
“These reanalyses show, once again, our determination in the fight against doping,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “We want to keep the dopers away from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This is why we are acting swiftly now. I have already appointed a disciplinary commission, which has the full power to take all the decisions on behalf of the IOC.”
As the IOC’s program is ongoing, the organization says more results may be released in the coming weeks.