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4 Olympians stripped of medals; Armstrong decision pending

By Stephen Wilson

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 10:24 a.m. HST, Dec 05, 2012


LAUSANNE, Switzerland » The IOC stripped medals today from four track and field athletes caught doping at the 2004 Athens Olympics — including one gold medal winner — and held off revoking Lance Armstrong's bronze from the 2000 Sydney Games.

The International Olympic Committee executive board disqualified four athletes whose Athens doping samples were retested this year and came back positive for steroids, including shot put gold medalist Yuriy Bilonog of Ukraine.

The others are hammer throw silver medalist Ivan Tskikhan of Belarus and two bronze medalists — women's shot putter Svetlana Krivelyova of Russia and discus thrower Irina Yatchenko of Belarus.

The IOC wants Armstrong's medal back from a road time trial in Sydney following the damning U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report that painted Armstrong as a systematic drug cheat. The International Cycling Union recently stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles from 1999-2005.

But the IOC said it must wait for UCI, the cycling's governing body, to formally notify Armstrong of the loss of all his results since August 1998. The IOC wants to avoid any legal problems in connection with the eight-year statute of limitations in the Olympic rules.

"The IOC today will not move," IOC President Jacques Rogge said at a news conference following a two-day board meeting in Lausanne. "We need to have the situation whereby the UCI notifies officially Mr. Armstrong of the fact that he will be disqualified, declared ineligible and that he should hand over his medal.

"This is a legal obligation not for the IOC but for the International Cycling Union. When he will be notified, Mr. Armstrong will have 21 days to launch an appeal if he wishes. It is only after this period of 21 days that the IOC can legally take action."

In track, the case of a fifth bronze medalist, weightlifter Oleg Perepechenov of Russia, is pending.

The IOC said it will ask the International Association of Athletics Federations to get the medals back from the four athletes and readjust the results and rankings from the Athens Games.

Until then, no decision will be taken on reallocating the medals. Adam Nelson of the United States finished second in the shot put in Athens behind Bilonog and would stand to move up to gold.

In 2004, the Athens Games produced a record 26 doping cases. Six medalists — including two gold winners — were caught at the time. The retroactive tests bring the number of Athens cases to 31, including 11 medal winners and three gold medalists.

Since Athens, the IOC has been storing doping samples from each Olympics for eight years to allow for retesting when new detection methods become available.







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Maneki_Neko wrote:
The guy who told the Russian woman shot putter she was disqualified must have been a brave man. I wonder where the body is?
on December 5,2012 | 10:02AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Turned out the Russian woman shot putter was really a guy.
on December 5,2012 | 12:54PM
lynnh wrote:
There is absolutely no physical evidence anywhere that proves Armstrong ever doped up. None has ever been presented. It has all been hearsay from a bunch of soar losers. Yet, without any proof, this man has been dragged through the dirt.
on December 5,2012 | 10:08AM
TLehel wrote:
His own team confessed of what kind of things they had been doing. They would go to competitions, get their drug clearance, then proceed to transfuse blood they had taken out previously and doped. It's genius really, but doping nonetheless.
on December 5,2012 | 12:21PM
lynnh wrote:
Yeah...his team said this...not him. The team members that said this had a falling out with him. What better way to ruin someone than to make statements about someone. This is not physical evidence. Ever hear of burden of proof?
on December 5,2012 | 02:41PM
serious wrote:
This is so stupid it must be run by Democrats-----EIGHT years later they determine doping? Dig up the bodies and test. Golly, there are rules and testing. Let a dead dog lie!!!
on December 5,2012 | 01:07PM
Anonymous wrote:
Whose to say that those stored samples were not tampered with, before being retested?
on December 5,2012 | 04:16PM
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