Sixteen 2008 Beijing Medalists Disqualified For Doping

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced sixteen athletes, including ten medalists, were disqualified on November 17 after they were found guilty for doping at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Khasan Baroev

The ten medalists who competed in weightlifting, wrestling, and athletics were all found to have taken banned substances after samples were retested. The list included three silver medal winners - Russian Khasan Baroyev and Azeri Vitaliy Rahimov in Greco-Roman wrestling and Kazah weightlifter Irina Nekrassova. The seven bronze medalists included four weightlifters - Russians Khadzhimurat Akkaev (+94 kg), Ukrainian Natalya Davydova (+69), Dmitry Lapikov (+105), and Kazak Mariya Grabovetskaya (+75), Greco-Roman wrestler Asset Mambetov of Kazakhstan, Ukrainian pole vaulter Denys Yurchenko and Greek triple jumper Chrysopigi Devetzi. The six others disqualified were weightlifters and athletes from Russia, Azerbaidjan, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

The 31-year-old Akkaev who competed in the men’s 94kg weightlifting event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which he ranked 3rd and for which he was awarded a bronze medal. Reanalysis of Akkaev’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (Turinabol). Akkaev was found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence and/or use of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen).

The 33-year-old Baroyev also delivered a positive test for the prohibited substance Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (Turinabol). Davydova, who was awarded a bronze medal, also delivered a positive test for the prohibited substance Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (Turinabol). Devetzi delivered a positive test for the prohibited substance Stanozolol. Mariya Grabovetskaya delivered a positive test for the prohibited substances Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (Turinabol), Oxandrolone, and Stanozolol.

Iryna Kulesha, who competed in the women’s 75kg weightlifting event, was disqualified after testing positive for the prohibited substance Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (Turinabol). Dmitry Lapikov, who competed in the men’s 105kg weightlifting event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, tested positive for the prohibited substance Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (Turinabol). Asset Mambetov, who competed in the men’s 84-96kg Greco-Roman wrestling event, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, delivered a positive test for the prohibited substance Stanozolol. Maya Maneza, who did not started the competition for an unknown reason after deciding to compete in the women’s +63kg weightlifting event, delivered a positive test for the prohibited substance Stanozolol. Irina Nekrassova, who competed in the women’s 63kg weightlifting event, delivered a positive test for the prohibited substance Stanozolol.

The International Olympic Committee has re-tested over 1,243 samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics based on improved techniques. An IOC statement said the protection of clean athletes and the fight against doping are top priorities for the International Olympic Committee. The statement also reads that the IOC put special measures in place, including targeted pre-tests and the re-analysis of stored samples from Beijing 2008 and London 2012, following an intelligence-gathering process that started in August 2015, to provide a level playing field for all clean athletes at the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

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