IOC Sanctions Five Weightlifters from 2008 Beijing Olympics

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Nadezda Evstyukhina at 2015 IWF World Championships
Photo Credit: Lifting Life (Josh Wilkinson)

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has sanctioned six weightlifters from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after they failed drug tests conducted in the reanalysis testing. Olympic Weightlifting is not the only sport to be targeted in the reanalysis testing, the sport did have the most positive drug tests. It expected that more sanctions will be coming as the IOC reviews all of the reanalysis positive tests.

The sanctions against the five athletes disqualify their results from the competition and in the cases where the athletes received a medal, those are to be returned to the IOC.

The athletes sanctioned include:

  • Alexandru Dudoglo (Moldova). Dudoglo placed 9th in the men’s 69kg weight class. Read full decision here.
  • Nazezda Evstyukhina (Russia). Evstyukhina won the bronze medal in the women’s 75kg weight class. The Russian Olympic Committee is required to return Evstyukhina’s medal, the medallist pin and the diploma she received at the Olympics. Read full decision here.
  • Tigran Martirosyan (Armenia). Martirosyan won the bronze medal in the men’s 69kg weight class. The National Olympic Committee of Armenia is required to return Evstyukhina’s medal, the medallist pin and the diploma she received at the Olympics. Read full decision here.
  • Marina Shainova (Russia). Shainova won the silver medal in the women’s 58kg weight class. The Russian Olympic Committee is required to return Shainova’s medal, the medallist pin and the diploma she received at the Olympics. Read full decision here.
  • Intigam Zairov (Azerbaijan). Zairov placed 9th in the men’s 85kg weight class. Read full decision here.

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