09 Aug 2016
The protection of the clean athletes and the fight against doping is a top priority for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. To provide a level playing field for all clean athletes at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the IOC has already put special measures in place, including targeted pre-tests and the re-analysis of stored samples from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012, following an intelligence-gathering process that started in August 2015.

As part of this process, the IOC today announced that four athletes have been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012. The details follow.
Nurcan TAYLAN, 32, of Turkey, competing in the women’s 48kg weightlifting event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which she did not finish. Reanalysis of Taylan’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance stanozolol.
The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Juan Antonio Samaranch and Gunilla Lindberg decided the following:
  1. The Athlete, Nurcan Taylan:
        1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use, of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
        2. is disqualified from all the events in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, namely, the 48kg weightlifting event.
  1. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned events accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  2. The Turkish Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  3. This decision enters into force immediately.

Hripsime KHURSHUDYAN, 29, of Armenia, competing in the women’s 75kg weightlifting event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 in which she ranked 11th. Reanalysis of Khurshudyan’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance stanozolol.
The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Juan Antonio Samaranch and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:
  1. The Athlete, Hripsime Khurshudyan:
        1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use, of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
        2. is disqualified from all the events in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, namely, the 75kg weightlifting event.
  1. The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  2. The National Olympic Committee of Armenia shall ensure full implementation of this decision.

Pavel KRYVITKSI, 32, of Belarus competing in athletics (hammer throw event), has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012 in which he ranked 28th. Reanalysis of Kryvitski’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances stanozolol and dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).
The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Juan Antonio Samaranch and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:
  1. The Athlete, Pavel Kryvitski:
        1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012 (presence, and/or use, of Prohibited Substances or their Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
        2. is disqualified from the event in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games London 2012, namely the hammer throw event, in which he ranked 28th.
  1. The IAAF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  2. The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  3. This decision enters into force immediately.

Oleksandr P'YATNYTSYA, 31, of Ukraine, competing in athletics, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012 and ordered to return the silver medal from the javelin throw event. Reanalysis of P'yatnytsya's samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).
The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Juan Antonio Samaranch and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:
  1. The Athlete, Oleksandr P'yatnytsya:
        1. is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012 (presence, and/or use, of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
        2. is disqualified from the event in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games London 2012, namely the javelin throw event, in which he placed 2nd and for which he was awarded the silver medal.
        3. has the silver medal, the medallist pin, and the diploma obtained in the javelin throw event withdrawn and is ordered to return same.
  1. The IAAF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
  2. The National Olympic Committee of Ukraine shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  3. The National Olympic Committee of Ukraine shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma awarded in connection with the javelin throw event to the Athlete.
  4. This decision enters into force immediately.

The additional analyses on samples collected during the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012 were performed with improved analytical methods, in order to possibly detect prohibited substances that could not be identified by the analysis performed at the time of these editions of the Olympic Games.
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