Lagos - The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has stripped four athletes who participated at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games of their medals.
The global sports body said in a statement on its website on Thursday that the athletes were disqualified after further analysis of their stored samples resulted in adverse analytical findings.
According to the statement, the athletes include Yuriy Bilonog of Ukraine, who placed first in the men’s shot put event and Russian Svetlana Krivelyova, who finished third in women’s shot put.
The rest are Belarussian Ivan Tsikhan, who was runner-up in the men’s hammer throw and his compatriot, Iryna Yatchenko, who was third in the women’s discus throw.
While Bilonog and Krivelvova were found guilty of using oxandrolone metabolite, Tsikhan and Yatchenko were discovered to have used methandienone metabolite.
The executive board ordered the relevant National Olympic Committees in all four cases to return to the IOC, as soon as possible, the medals and diplomas awarded to the athletes.
It also announced that one case of this nature was still pending and it would soon release its decision on it.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the IOC stores samples for eight years after each edition of the games.
This is usually done for the samples to be re-tested, should more sophisticated detection methods become available or new substances are added to the list of banned substances.
The IOC had recently, in close collaboration with the World Anti-Doping Agency, decided to further analyse a number of samples from the Athens Games.
This followed a targeted testing, based on intelligence and new methods.