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GENEVA, May 27. /TASS/. A total of 23 international athletes tested positive for doping substances following the re-testing of their Sample A probes collected at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Friday.
The IOC said in its statement on Friday that "reanalysis of the "A" samples from 23 athletes in five sports and from six National Olympic Committees (NOCs), who competed at the Olympic Games London 2012 has returned Adverse Analytical Findings."
According to the statement, a total of 265 Samples A, collected at the 2012 Olympics, were selected for retests basing on intelligence-gathering, launched in August of 2015.
"These reanalyses show, once again, our determination in the fight against doping," the statement quoted IOC President Thomas Bach as saying. "We want to keep the dopers away from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro."
"This is why we are acting swiftly now," Bach said. "I have already appointed a disciplinary commission, which has the full power to take all the decisions on behalf of the IOC."
The IOC Executive Board met for a special session on May 17 discussing efforts of stepping up the fight against the drugs cheats and provide measures to protect clean athletes ahead of the Olympics in Rio.
Following the session, the IOC announced that a total of 31 international athletes competing in six different sports could be barred from the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro over violations of anti-doping regulations.
According to the IOC, 454 doping samples from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 were selected for retesting. The world’s governing Olympic body also pledged to retest some 250 samples from the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be held in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro between August 5 and 21.