The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has released a statement regarding the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) re-testing program. If you aren’t up to speed on the re-testing program, the IOC has been retesting samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games using today’s technology to determine if any athletes from those prior Games had illegally used performance enhancing drugs.
Following the IOC’s announcement that 54 athletes were found to have positive retests from the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, the IWF has responded that they have been cooperating with the IOC during this retesting process.
The IWF is saying that there are 10 presumed “Adverse Analytical Findings” from the 2008 Beijing Games. The IOC is now conducting tests on the B samples and for the B samples that come back positive, the IOC will follow the procedure set forth by its Anti-Doping Policy and provisionally suspend those athletes.
As for the 2012 Olympic Games, 10 athletes’ samples have been identified as “Adverse Analytic Findings”. The procedure for these was different than the 2008 Games (no explanation given for the difference) and there is no presumed language or apparent B sample testing. Any provisional suspensions will be announced on the IWF website, but no timing has been made as to when those will be disclosed.
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