LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – Two Romanian weightlifters lost their 2012 Olympic medals on Wednesday after positive doping tests,…
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – Two Romanian weightlifters stripped of their 2012 Olympic medals on Wednesday after testing positive for doping, extending the record for doping cases at any Summer or Winter Olympics to 77.
The International Olympic Committee said silver medalist Roxana Cocos and bronze medalist Razvan Martin tested positive for multiple steroids in their re-analysis of their samples.
A third Romanian, Gabriel Sincraian, also tested positive for steroids. He now faces a life ban from the International Weightlifting Federation for a third doping sanction.
The four members of the Romanian weightlifting team at the 2012 London Olympics have now been disqualified by the IOC for doping.
The latest sanctions bring London’s total doping cases to 77, five more than at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, according to IOC statistics.
Of these 77 cases, 68 were revealed in a reanalysis program that relied on a better test for anabolic steroids, which detected violations by an athlete for a longer period of time after use. The IOC has until August 2020, eight years after the London Olympics close, to find a positive sample, and longer to complete disciplinary case processing.
Martin, who won a bronze medal in the men’s 69 kilogram class, tested positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, Metenolone and Stanozolol, the IOC said.
The 28-year-old athlete faces a longer IWF ban because he previously served a two-year doping ban.
With Martin’s disqualification, North Korean lifter Kim Myong-hyok could be upgraded from fourth place to earn a bronze medal.
Cocos takes second place in the women’s 69 kilogram class. Anna Nurmukhambetova from Kazakhstan and Ubaldina Valoyes from Colombia were next to earn the medal.
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