20 Aug 2016

The protection of clean athletes and the fight against doping are top priorities 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 an athlete has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012. The details follow.
Evgeniia KOLODKO, 36, of the Russian Federation, competing in athletics (shot put event), has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012 in which she ranked 2nd and for which she was awarded the silver medal. Reanalysis of Kolodko’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol) and ipamorelin. 

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Gunilla Lindberg and Ugur Erdener, decided the following:
  1. The Athlete, Evgeniia KOLODKO:
        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 she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games London 2012, namely the shot put event, in which she ranked 2nd and for which she was awarded the silver medal.
        3. has the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma obtained in the shot put event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.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 Russian Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
  3. The Russian Olympic Committee 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 shot put event to the Athlete.
  4. This decision enters into force immediately.
The full decision is available here.
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.
The International Olympic Committee is a not-for-profit independent international organisation made up of volunteers, which is committed to building a better world through sport. It redistributes more than 90 per cent of its income to the wider sporting movement, which means that every day the equivalent of USD 3.25 million goes to help athletes and sports organisations at all levels around the world.
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Tel: +41 21 621 6000 email: pressoffice@olympic.org, or visit our website at www.olympic.org.
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