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22 Aug 2004
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IOC sanctions weightlifter Leonidas Sampanis for failing anti-doping test

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that weightlifter Leonidas Sampanis from Greece has been excluded from the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens in 2004 after failing an anti-doping test carried out by the IOC.


Sampanis, 32, tested positive on 16 August for testosterone after the Men's 62kg weightlifting event where he won the bronze medal. The study of the analysis proved that the ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone, which was confirmed higher than 12 in Sampanis' urine (the permissible limit being 6), resulted from the application of exogenous testosterone. Referring to the rule of strict liability applicable to all athletes during the period of the Games, the IOC Executive Board decided that Leonidas Sampanis:


-          is disqualified from the Men’s 62kg weightlifting event, where he had placed third;


-          shall have his medal and diploma withdrawn;


-          is excluded from the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens in 2004; and


-          shall have his Olympic identity and accreditation card withdrawn.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 Hellenic Olympic Committee is ordered to return to the IOC, as soon as possible, the medal and diploma awarded to the athlete in relation to the above-noted event.


-          This decision shall enter into force immediately.


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 tests 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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