A total of 31 athletes could be banned from participating at the Rio Olympic Games following retests, the International Olympic Committee has revealed.
After 434 retests – using the latest scientific methods – of samples taken from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, up to 31 athletes from six sports could be banned from the Games and face further punishment.
“All these measures are a powerful strike against the cheats we do not allow to win,” said IOC president Thomas Bach.
“They show once again that dopers have no place to hide. We keep samples for ten years so that the cheats know that they can never rest.
“By stopping so many doped athletes from participating in Rio, we are showing once more our determination to protect the integrity of the Olympic competition.”
Bach went on to say that the IOC would reveal the names of the athletes until B-samples had been tested and individuals informed.
He added that the respective 12 Olympic associations would be contacted in the upcoming days.