The protection of clean athletes and the fight against doping are top priorities for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. To provide a level playing field for all clean athletes at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the IOC put special measures in place, including targeted pre-tests and the re-analysis of stored samples from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012, following an intelligence-gathering process that started in August 2015.
As part of this process, the IOC today announced that 12 athletes have been disqualified from the Olympic Games in London, 2012. They include competitors from: Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, and Kazhakstan.
The disqualifications are to be implemented immediately by each country’s Olympic committee. Read the full decisions on the IOC’s official website