MOSCOW, May 24. /TASS/. The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) confirmed on Tuesday it has received documents from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) notifying that following a cross checking of doping samples taken during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing 14 Russian athletes in three sports disciplines were found to be doping positive.
Any potential participant in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro who proved to use doping in the past cannot be a member of the Russian athletics team at the Games, the All-Russia Athletics Federation said on its official website.
"The ARAF presidium has introduced amendments to the criteria of selecting athletes who will go to the Olympics. The list of requirements now contains a special clause saying that any potential participant in the Olympics who proved to have used doping in the previous years cannot be a member of the Russian national team. The ARAF made this harsh decision for the sole purpose of doing its utmost to let clean athletes participate in the Olympics," the statement runs.
"In this context, the ROC will soon inform the IOC who of the athletes listed in the letter will be present during unsealing and analysis of B samples. Representatives from the ROC will be present during this procedure as observers," the ROC said on its website.
Russia’s Match TV earlier named all the 14 Russian athletes who tested positive for doping. They are: Yulia Chermoshanskaya, the 2008 Olympic champion in 4x100 relay race, Maria Abakumova, silver medalist in javelin throwing, Anastasia Kapachinskaya, silver medalist in 4x400 relay race, Denis Nizhegorodov, bronze medalist in 50km race walking, Inga Abitova, 10,000m running, Denis Alexeyev, bronze medalist in 400m running, Yekaterina Volkova, bronze medalist in 3,000m steeplechase, Nadezhda Yevstyukhina, bronze medalist in weight-lifting, Alexander Kornilov, boat racing, Alexander Pogorelov, decathlon, Tatiana Firova, silver medalist in 4x400 relay race, Maria Shainova, silver dedalist in weight-lifting, Ivan Yushakov, shot put, and Anna Chicherova, bronze medalist in high jumping.
"In conformity with the anti-doping rules of the IOC and the World Anti-Doping Code, the names of athletes are not made public until the results of the B sample unsealing are announced and the official disciplinary procedure is launched," the Russian Olympic Committee said.
The IOC initiated a cross check of 454 doping samples taken in Beijing from athletes who might take part at the next Olympic Games in Brazil in 2016. B samples will be checked in June at an Australian laboratory.