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Cuban discus thrower Barrios stripped of Beijing 2008 silver medal

other-sports Updated: Sep 01, 2016 20:52 IST
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Barrios tested positive for the prohibited substance acetazolamide, a diuretic and masking agent. (Representative Photo: Shutterstock)

Cuba’s Yarelys Barrios has been stripped of the silver medal she won in the discus at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after failing a doping retest, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Thursday.

The IOC also said that Qatari sprinter Samuel Adelebari Francis had also failed a retest and had been disqualified from the men’s 100 metres 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 retested using new techniques not available at the time of the competitions in an attempt to root out cheating.

Six athletes, including three Russian medallists, 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said that the 33-year-old “has the silver medal, the diploma, and the medallist pin obtained in the discus throw event withdrawn and is ordered to return these”.

It also directed the governing body of athletics, the IAAF, to modify the results of the event and “to consider any further action within its own competence”.

Francis tested positive for the banned substance stanozolol, the IOC said. He was also entered for the 200 metres but did not start.