Six athletes including Ivan Tsikhan, Olga Kuzenkova and Nadzeya Ostapchuk exposed
Six ‘adverse findings’ have come back on re-tests of doping samples from the 2005 IAAF World Championships in Helsinki, Finland, the International Association of Athletics Federations has confirmed.
Six athletes from Belarus and Russia have been exposed, including shot putter Nazdeya Ostapchuk from Belarus who won gold in Helsinki. Ostapchuk has also had her London 2012 Olympic gold medal removed for doping offences.
Hammer throwers Olga Kuzenkova of Russia and Ivan Tsikhan of Belarus, who both won gold at the championships in 2005, have also been named as returning adverse results.
As part of its strategic anti-doping policy, last year saw the IAAF instigate the re-analysis of samples originally taken during Helsinki 2005 using the most up-to-date analytical techniques.
“The IAAF’s message to cheaters is increasingly clear that, with constant advancements being made in doping detection, there is no place to hide,” confirmed IAAF President Lamine Diack.
“This re-testing is just the latest example of the IAAF’s firm resolve to expose cheating in our sport. The IAAF will continue to do everything in its power to ensure the credibility of competition, and where the rules have been broken, will systematically uncover the cheats.”
The other athletes who have been exposed are Ostapchuk’s compatriots Andrei Mikhnevich, the 2003 world shot put champion, and hammer thrower Vadim Devyatovskiy as well as Russia’s Tatyana Kotova, a former world indoor and European long jump champion.
The IAAF confirmed that the six adverse findings have resulted in the initiation of disciplinary procedures which are currently ongoing in accordance with IAAF Rules and that no further comment will be made until the completion of those proceedings.
Hammer thrower Vladislav Piskunov from Ukraine and Indian discus thrower Neelam Jaswant Singh have both already been sanctioned and disqualified for doping violations at Helsinki 2005.