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IOC sanctions 9 athletes failing Beijing Olympics re-analysis

Lausanne, Oct 27 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has sanctioned nine more athletes who failed the retests of their 2008 Beijing Olympics samples.

The IOC disqualified and deprived the athletes on Wednesday, six of them medallists, of their results retroactively, reports Xinhua.

The nine athletes coming from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cuba, Kazakhstan, Russia, Spain, Uzbekistan and Ukraine, had competed in events including athletics, weightlifting and wrestling in Beijing eight years ago.

The IOC stores doping samples for 10 years to allow them to be re-analysed when reliable new techniques become available.

The IOC recorded a total of 98 positive cases in recent retesting of samples from Beijing and the 2012 London Olympics.

--IANS

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