Doping: Cuban discus thrower Barrios stripped of Beijing silver
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[September 01, 2016]
ZURICH (Reuters) - Cuba's
Yarelys Barrios has been stripped of the silver medal she won in the
discus at the Beijing Olympics after failing a doping re-test, the
International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Thursday.
The IOC also said that Qatari sprinter Samuel Adelebari Francis had
also failed a re-test and had been disqualified from the men's 100
meters in which he finished 16th.
Barrios and Francis were among 98 athletes who have tested positive
in reanalysis of samples from both the 2008 Beijing Games and the
2012 London Olympics.
The IOC ordered samples from the two Games to be re-tested using new
techniques not available at the time of the competitions in attempt
to root out cheating.
Six athletes, including three Russian medalists, were disqualified
on Wednesday from their events at the Beijing Games.
Barrios tested positive for the prohibited substance, acetazolamide,
a diuretic and masking agent, the IOC said.
It said that the 33-year-old "has the silver medal, the diploma, and
the medalist pin obtained in the discus throw event withdrawn and is
ordered to return these".
It also added the governing body of athletics, the IAAF, to modify
the results of the event and "to consider any further action within
its own competence".
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Yarelys Barrios of Cuba celebrates after finishing second in the
women's discus throw athletics final at the National Stadium during
the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 18, 2008. REUTERS/Wolfgang
Francis tested positive for the banned substance stanozolol, the IOC
said. He was also entered for the 200 meters but did not start.
(Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Alison Williams)
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