14 Russian Athletes Tested Positive for Doping, Including Medalists From Beijing Olympics

By Denisse Moreno, Epoch Times
May 24, 2016 2:45 pm Last Updated: May 24, 2016 2:45 pm

Fourteen Russian athletes tested positive in the re-analysis of their doping samples, including 10 medalists from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, state television reported on May 24.

The Russian Olympic Committee confirmed it had received a list of 14 individuals who tested positive, but said it would not release the names until the “B” samples were analyzed.

Match TV said 2012 high jump champion, Anna Chicherova, was among those who tested positive, while 11 out of the fourteen Russians retested are from track and field.

The list also included 4×100-meter relay gold medalist Yulia Chermoshanskaya. Others were two weightlifters and a rower.

Match TV also said the silver medalists who tested positive for doping are javelin thrower Maria Abakumova, and 4×400 relay runners Anastasia Kapachinskaya and Tatiana Firova, and weightlifter Maria Shainova.

Bronze medal winners who tested positive were Ekaterina Volkova in the 3,000 steeplechase, men’s 4×400 relay team member Denis Alexeyev, race walker Denis Nizhegorodov, and weightlifter Nadezhda Yevstukhina.

Russia's Anna Chicherova celebrates winning the bronze medal after the final of the women's high jump athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on August 29, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
Russia’s Anna Chicherova celebrates winning the bronze medal after the final of the women’s high jump athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the “Bird’s Nest” National Stadium in Beijing on August 29, 2015. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

In a separate move, the Russian track federation announced it would bar former dopers from this summer’s Rio Games, hoping that its team will be reinstated into the Olympics after it was suspended following a World Anti-Doping Agency commission report detailing state-sponsored doping.

“No potential participant in the Olympic Games who has been caught taking banned substances in previous years can be a member of the Russian national Olympic team in Rio de Janeiro,” the track federation said in a statement.

The federation said it made “such a tough decision with one aim—to do everything so that clean athletes could take part in the 2016 Olympic Games.”

Elena Lashmanova and Olga Kaniskina, both gold winners in race walking, would be affected by the federation’s move, as well as former world champion walker Sergei Kirdyapkin, who was sacked of his 2012 Olympic gold medal after he was caught doping.

SARANSK, RUSSIA - MAY 13: Olga Kaniskina and Elena Lashmanova of Russia in action during in the competition of women's 20 km IAAF World Race Walking Cup 2012 on May 13, 2012  in Saransk, Russia. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images)
Olga Kaniskina and Elena Lashmanova of Russia in action during in the competition of women’s 20 km IAAF World Race Walking Cup 2012 on May 13, 2012, in Saransk, Russia. (Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images)

The International Association of Athletics Federation will decide whether to maintain or lift its ban by next month.

Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee is reanalyzing 250 samples from the 2012 London Olympics. Those results, which are retests of athletes who participated in the Beijing or London games who were hoping compete in Rio, are still pending.

Last week, the IOC said 31 athletes could be banned from competing in the Rio Games after testing positive in Beijing samples. The competitors ranged from 12 countries and six different sports.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.