Three Russian Olympians fail retroactive Beijing dope tests

CAUGHT. Tatiana Firova of Russia is one of those who tested positive. OLIVIER MORIN / AFP

CAUGHT. Tatiana Firova of Russia is one of those who tested positive.

OLIVIER MORIN / AFP

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Three more Russian Olympic medallists have tested positive for banned substances in retroactive dope tests originally taken at Beijing 2008, Games organisers the IOC said on Wednesday, August 31.

Six sportsmen - 5 weightlifters and one track and field athlete - 4 of whom won medals, were named on Wednesday as doping controllers use new methods to analyse samples taken from both Beijing and the London 2012 Games.

The other 3 athletes were from the former Soviet Republics of Armenia, Moldova and Azerbaijan.

Russia's 4x400m women's silver medallist Tatiana Firova, the only athlete, tested positive for the banned steroid turinabol and testosterone.

Russian weightlifters Nadezda Evstyukhina, who was third in the women's -75kg, was found to have turinabol and the blood booster EPO in her system, and Marina Shainova, who was second in the under 58kg category, had traces of turinabol and stanozolol, another steroid.

Armenia's Tigran Martirosyan, who won bronze in the under 69kg category, was positive for turinabol and stanozolol.

Moldovan Alexandru Dudoglo and Azeri Intigam Zairov, who lifted respectively in the -69kg and -85kg divisions, are also suspended.

Weightlifting has a sorry history when it comes to doping with 5 athletes excluded from the Rio 2016 Games earlier this month due to positive tests.

Just days after the Olympics in Brazil came to an end, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) revealed the names of 15 more athletes, including 3 Beijing gold medallists, to have failed reanalyzed Games dope tests.

Around 100 athletes have failed retested Olympic doping samples from Beijingand London, including many Russians as the IOC grapples with numerous drug scandals that rocked the build-up to the Rio Games.

The plethora of doping scandals resulted in around a third of the Russian delegation being prevented from taking part in Rio as various international sporting federations punished the country in the wake of a damaging World-Anti-Doping Agency report accusing Russia of state-sponsored doping. – Rappler.com