The International Olympic Committee retested doping samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and shockingly discovered that 31 athletes used drugs to cheat! Will they be banned from the 2016 Rio games?
This is insane! In preparation for the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Summer Olympics, the International Olympic Committee, in conjunction with the World Anti-Doping Agency, took a second look at doping samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. What they found was deeply troubling. Out of 454 re-tested samples, 31 Olympians had cheated in the games by using drugs, the IOC announced on May 17! Click through to find out how this affects the Summer Olympics!
This is NOT good! The IOC and WADA joined together to take “additional measures to protect the clean athletes,” by taking a second look at drug samples previously taken from athletes who will start at the 2016 Olympics, per request of IOC president and Olympic champion Thomas Bach. As a result, 31 results across six sports will be banned from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, the IOC unanimously voted. The names of the athletes convicted are being kept anonymous at the time being for legal reasons.
The IOC has also announced that they’ve re-tested 250 samples from the 2012 London Olympics, and results will be coming “shortly.” Additionally, “The IOC will also undertake a wider re-testing programme of medalists from Beijing and London. The samples of those athletes who could be awarded medals following the disqualification of others will also be retested,” the organization said in a statement.
The IOC set up a $20 million fund to protect clean athletes in late 2015, and announced on May 17 that they would be supporting the Global Declaration Against Corruption, adopted at the International Anti-Corruption Summit organized by British Prime Minister David Cameron in London on May 12. “Corruption is at the heart of so many of the world’s problems. We must overcome it if our efforts to end poverty, promote prosperity and defeat terrorism and extremism are to succeed,” the declaration says.
IOC president Thomas Bach, who has a gold medal in fencing, explained why the IOC and WADA are rallying so hard to keep those 31 athletes (and maybe more) out of Rio. “By stopping so many doped athletes from participating in Rio we are showing once more our determination to protect the integrity of the Olympic competitions, including the Rio anti-doping laboratory, so that the Olympic magic can unfold in Rio de Janeiro.”
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked that so many people were caught cheating? Tell us in the comments!