IOC sanctions two athletes for failing anti-doping tests
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that shot putter Olga Shchukina from Uzbekistan and weightlifter Thingbaijam Sanamacha Chanu from India have been excluded from the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens in 2004 after failing anti-doping tests.
Shchukina tested positive for Clenbuterol
Olga Shchukina, 27, tested positive on 14 August for Clenbuterol, a prohibited anabolic agent. During the hearing conducted by the IOC Disciplinary Commission, the athlete admitted having taken a cough syrup. The Disciplinary Commission appreciated Shchukina's openness in admitting how the prohibited substance was found in her body but reiterated the rule of strict reliability applicable to all athletes during the period of the Games.
The IOC Executive Board decided that Olga Shchukina (Uzbekistan) is disqualified from the women’s shot put event; is excluded from the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens in 2004; and shall have her Olympic identity and accreditation card immediately withdrawn. The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) is requested to modify the results of the above-noted event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
Chanu tested positive for Furosemide
Thingbaijam Sanamacha Chanu, 25, tested positive on 15 August for Furosemide, a prohibited diuretic. The athlete placed fourth at the women's 53 kg weightlifting event on that day.The IOC Executive Board decided that the athlete is disqualified from the women’s 53kg weightlifting event, where she had placed fourth; is excluded from the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens in 2004; and shall have her Olympic identity and accreditation card immediately withdrawn.The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) is requested to modify the results of the above-noted event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence. The National Olympic Committee of India is ordered to return to the IOC, as soon as possible, the diploma awarded to the athlete in relation to the above-noted event.
So far 1 601 tests carried out
Under the IOC Anti-Doping Rules which are applicable in relation to the Athens Games, testing takes place under the IOC's auspices from 30 July to 29 August. Within that period, the IOC systematically performs tests pre and post events. After each event, the IOC systematically carries out tests on the top four athletes plus two at random. So far, 1601 have been performed out of the 3000 tests that the IOC is expected to conduct throughout the period of the Games.
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