IOC wraps up Russian London 2012 probe with brace of sanctions

The International Olympic Committee has today (Thursday) concluded its reanalysis of Russian drug tests from the 2012 summer Olympic Games and sanctioned two further athletes.

Following the findings of the completed Independent Person Report in December 2016, the IOC today said it has examined all samples collected from Russian athletes during London 2012. As part of this process, two additional athletes have been disqualified.

Yulia Gushchina (pictured, right) finished 15th in the women’s 400m but was part of the 4x400m women’s relay team that won a silver medal. The IOC said reanalysis of the 34-year-old's samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol) and stanozolol.

Russia had already lost the silver medal it won after Guschina’s teammate, Antonina Krivoshapka, was found guilty in February. The IOC today also disqualified women’s long jumper Anna Nazarova. The 31-year-old finished fifth at London 2012 and her re-analysed samples were found to have contained turinabol.

The IOC said that, of the 226 samples collected from Russian athletes who participated at London 2012 that were re-analysed, 21 sanctions have been issued by the disciplinary commission.

The IOC’s broader re-analysis programme for London 2012 samples is ongoing. To date, 584 samples from athletes who participated, including Russian athletes, have been re-analysed and 49 anti-doping rule violations were found.