With the number of athletes excluded from the Tokyo Games for drug test failures rising to six, we look back at the most notorious doping scandals in history.
The number of athletes excluded from the Tokyo Games due to failed doping tests rose to six last week, but two Russian swimming stars were given an 11th hour reprieve.
Two-time Olympian Veronika Andrusenko and 25-year-old butterfly specialist Aleksandr Kudashev will not compete under the Russian flag – due to the country’s anti-doping sanctions – but they will go to the pool in Tokyo after seeing their charges dismissed by the Arbitration Tribunal for Sport.
Both men were provisionally suspended by FINA for alleged anti-doping rule violations last week, but received the good news in time for Friday’s Olympic Opening Ceremony.
However, not all avoided WADA’s wrath.
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Two-time Olympic weightlifter Fernando Reis, considered a strong medal chance in the men’s super-heavyweight category, sits out after testing positive for human growth hormones – becoming the second Brazilian, after Nathasha Figueiredo, to test positive these last weeks.
Figueiredo could still appear in Tokyo in the women’s 49 kilogram category, her doping ban currently being appealed to the CAS.
Ukrainian gymnast Oleg Verniaiev, who won gold on parallel bars in Rio de Janeiro five years ago, confirmed this week that his absence from the Olympic team was due to testing positive for meldonium, the banned substance that shocked Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova. the drug ban five years ago.
âThe most important question is, how did the illegal drugs get into my body? Said Verniaiev.
âWhy did this happen at a time when there were no serious international competitions and training was in lightweight mode?
âA positive test only indicates the presence of a prohibited substance in the body, but does not indicate the athlete’s fault.
“If the athlete is sure it is not his fault, he should not give up.”
Reis and Verniaiev join rowing duo Nikita Morgachev and Pavel Sorin, who were kicked out of the Russian squad earlier this month after also testing positive for meldonium, and Kenyan runners Kamar Etiang and Moitalel Mpoke Naadokila, who were eliminated after failing to meet doping requirements. at least three out-of-competition tests within 10 months of a major championship.
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