The International Olympic Committee announced on Friday that 23 athletes from six different countries have tested positive for blood doping. The disciplinary commission has been called to review and hand out penalties.
Now this sounds straightforward, but the 23 athletes’ positive tests came from blood they sampled in 2012 at the London Olympics!
The Committee keeps athletes’ blood and urine samples on file for ten years after each Games so they can be reanalyzed as drug testing becomes more and more advanced.
Even a decade after a sample was given an athlete can get sanctioned, disqualified, lose their medals, and even be banishment from future games.
IOC Prez Thomas Bach, released a statement about the positive tests:
“These reanalyses show, once again, our determination in the fight against doping. We want to keep the dopers away from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This is why we are acting swiftly now. I have already appointed a disciplinary commission, which has the full power to take all the decisions on behalf of the IOC.”
This comes just a week after 31 other athletes were flagged for positive drug tests based on samples they had given at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Dang guys, when will you learn!
Names and countries have not yet been publicly released or which countries and sports they represent.
It goes to show, cheaters never prosper.