In a public disclose released this morning on their website, the International Weightlifting Federation has reported that fifteen athletes have been provisionally suspended following reanalysis of their doping testing samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
These come from the International Olympic Committee’s second wave of retests from Beijing. Earlier this summer, an IWF disclosure announced seven athletes who had failed re-testing from the 2008 Olympics. Then in a 2nd wave, they announced 11 athletes who had failed re-testing from the 2012 Olympics.
The full list of newly-announced positives is below, along with their weight classes and original placings in Beijing:
Nizami Pashayev (Azerbaijan) – 5th Place, 94KG
Iryna Kulesha (Belarus) – 4th Place, 75KG (already suspended following London re-testing)
Nastassia Novikava (Belarus) – Bronze Medalist, 53KG
Andrei Rybakou (Belarus) – Silver Medalist, 85KG
Lei Cao (China) – Gold Medalist, 75KG
Xiexia Chen (China) – Gold Medalist, 48KG
Chun Hong Liu (China) – Gold Medalist, 69KG
Mariya Grabovetskaya (Kazakhstan) – Bronze Medalist, 75+KG
Maya Maneza (Kazakhstan) – DNF, 63KG (already suspended following London re-testing)
Irina Nekrassova (Kazakhstan) – Silver Medalist, 63KG
Vladimir Sedov (Kazakhstan) – 4th Place, 85KG
Khadzhimurat Akkaev (Russia) – Bronze Medalist, 94KG
Dmitry Lapikov (Russia) – Bronze Medalist, 105KG
Natalya Davydova (Ukraine) – Bronze Medalist, 69KG
Olha Korobka (Ukraine) – Silver Medalist, 75+KG
This is the first mention of Chinese athletes being associated with failed re-analysis of their drug tests from either the 2008 or 2012 Olympic Games. However, with three failed tests announced, China could potential face a one-year ban from international competition by the IWF under recently announced guidelines. Their weightlifting federation could face the same penalty that Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus were handed (and potentially Azerbaijan, Armenia, Moldova, and Turkey as well).
Note: While the IWF experienced a website hack last week and announced the site could still be under attack, this announcement appears authentic. We’ll report back if more information comes to light.
A screenshot from the announcement with the substances detected is embedded below.
To put this announcement into further context in one category: pending medal reallocation if the provisional suspensions are upheld, Spain’s Lidia Valentin would move up from originally finishing in 5th place in the 75KG category to now a silver medal. Last month she advanced from 4th place to a gold medal after re-testing at the London Olympics, and last week she won a bronze medal in the Rio Olympics.
Canadian athlete Christine Girard will advance once spot and now have a bronze medal in the 63KG category to go along with the Gold medal that she now has after re-testing results from the London Olympics.
Medal reallocation results would also have implications for the 2008 American team as well. Cheryl Haworth, the 2000 Bronze medalist in the 75+ category. is positioned to advance two spots from 6th to 4th place overall. Kendrick Farris is positioned to advance two spots as well — from 8th to 6th place overall — in the 85KG category.
Featured image: Dmitry Lapikov (@lapikovrush) on Instagram