The IWF dropped the hammer on countries and athletes who have had adverse analytical findings or preseumptive adverse analytical findings from the 2015 IWF World Championships and the 2008/2012 reanalysis testing program. In a strong statement produced by the IWF, the organization reiterated its dedication to making the sport clean and that they are doing everything in their power to ensure that the Rio Olympics are clean.
During the meetings today in Tbilisi, Georgia, the IWF ruled that quotas awarded to countries with multiple doping violations would be withdrawn. In total, 13 quotas to the Olympics have been taken away (2 prior to today – Romania & Uzbekistan, and 11 today):
|Ajerbaijan||1 Male / 1 Female|
|Kazakhstan||1 Male / 1 Female|
|North Korea||1 Male / 1 Female|
|Russia||1 Male / 1 Female|
The IWF is also setting up an independent committee to investigate countries with multiple violations (3 or more per year), including those with three positive tests from the 2008 and 2012 reanalysis testing program. Countries with three violations from the reanalysis testing include Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. If the reanalysis findings are upheld, these countries will be suspended for a period of one year.
As for the athletes identified in the reanalysis testing (2008 and 2012), the IWF stated it will take the necessary steps to not allow those athletes to compete at the Olympics once disqualified by the IOC.
Needless to say, there is still a lot of work to be done to sort out who gets the freed up quotas in the weeks leading up to the Olympics. However, France believes they have already earned one of those spots.