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Latest update : 2009-04-29

The International Olympic Committee has announced that six out of 948 samples re-tested for a new doping drug have come out positive, implicating six athletes. Italian cycling silver medallist Davide Rebellin is the only name known yet.

AFP - Eight months after the end of the Beijing Olympic Games, six unnamed athletes have failed doping tests after previously monitored samples were re-checked, it was announced on Tuesday.
  
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed of the 948 samples which were re-tested for CERA, a new version of a endurance-enhancing hormone, seven tests resulted in an adverse finding concerning six athletes.
  
"The further analysis of the Beijing samples that we conducted should send a clear message that cheats can never assume that they have avoided detection," said Arne Ljungqvist, Chairman of the IOC Medical Commission.
  
"The vast majority of athletes do not seek an unfair advantage. We intend to do all we can to ensure that they have a fair environment for competition."
  
In accordance with the IOC’s procedures, the athletes concerned will be notified through their individual national bodies.

Date created : 2009-04-29

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