IOC sanctions Russian sprinter Yulia Chermoshanskaya for failing drug test at Beijing Olympics

August 16, 2016

After a re-analysis of stored drug test samples from the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008, the IOC announced that Yulia Chermoshanskaya, 30, of the Russian Federation, who competed in the women's 200m and the women's 4 x 100m relay events, has been disqualified from the 2008 Beijing Games, in which she ranked 8th in the 200m and 1st in the 4 x 100m relay with her teammates.

Reanalysis of Chermoshanskaya's samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances stanozolol and dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).

The additional analyses on samples collected during the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012 were performed with improved analytical methods, in order to possibly detect prohibited substances that could not be identified by the analysis performed at the time of these editions of the Olympic Games.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission decided that her medal, the medallist pin, and the diplomas obtained in the Women's 200m and the Women's 4 x 100m relay must be withdrawn and returned.

In addition, the Russian Federation Team overall is disqualified from the Women's 4 x 100m relay. The corresponding medals and diplomas are withdrawn and shall be returned.

The Russian Olympic Committee was ordered to ensure full implementation of the decision.

With Russia's disqualification from the relay, Belgium will now receive the gold, Nigeria the silver, and Brazil the bronze.

By Staff of and news services

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