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IOC strips Russian weightlifter Tzarukaeva of 2012 Olympics silver over doping abuse

April 05, 19:51 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Re-analysis of Tzarukaeva’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol), according to the IOC

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Svetlana Tzarukaeva

Svetlana Tzarukaeva

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MOSCOW, April 5. /TASS/. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced its decision on Wednesday to strip Russian female weightlifter Svetlana Tzarukaeva of 2012 London Olympics silver medal after her doping re-tests yielded positive result for banned performance enhancing drugs.

"Svetlana Tzarukaeva, 29, of the Russian Federation, competing in the Women’s 63kg weightlifting event, in which she ranked second and for which she was awarded a silver medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012," the statement from the IOC said.

"Re-analysis of Tzarukaeva’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol)," according to the IOC.

The IOC stated that Tzarukaeva, who is the one-time World Champion and three-time World Championships silver medalist "is disqualified from the Women’s 63kg weightlifting event in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games London 2012."

"The Athlete, Svetlana Tzarukaeva has the silver medal, the medallist pin and the diploma obtained in the Women’s 63kg weightlifting event withdrawn and is ordered to return these," the IOC added in its statement.

The IOC Executive Board convened a special session last year on May 17 discussing efforts of stepping up the fight against the drugs cheats and furnish measures to protect clean athletes ahead of the Olympics in Rio.

As part of its anti-doping efforts, IOC ordered reanalysis of doping samples of athletes from 2008 Olympics in Beijing and 2012 Olympics in London.

Following two rounds of re-testing, 98 Olympians were reported to test positive for banned substances - 60 from the 2008 Games and 38 from the 2012 Games. Among them were over 25 medalists from both Olympics.

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