MOSCOW: Russia’s Olympic Committee (ROC) said on Saturday eight of its athletes from three different sports had tested positive for banned substances in a re-examination of samples taken during the 2012 London Olympics.
The news came a day after the International Olympic Committee announced that 23 athletes in total had tested positive in re-tests of 265 samples from the London Olympics.
Russia’s track and field athletes have already been suspended since November due to suspicions of a systematic doping programme.
UN REJECTS GAMES SHIFT
BERLIN: The World Health Organization says there is “no public health justification” for postponing or canceling the Rio Summer Olympics because of the Zika outbreak in Brazil.
The assessment, in a statement early on Saturday, came a day after 150 health experts issued an open letter to the UN health agency calling for the games to be delayed or relocated “in the name of public health.”
FARAH WINS IN OREGON
EUGENE: Britain’s multi Olympic and world champion Mo Farah won the 10,000-metre race at the Prefontaine Classic in Oregon on Friday in an ominous warning to his rivals ahead of the Rio Olympics.
Competing in his first outdoor track event since he won the 5,000m-10,000m double at last year’s world championships in Beijing, Farah held off Kenya’s William Malel Sitonik to win in 26 minutes, 53.71 seconds - the third fastest time of his career.
Farah won the distance double at the 2012 London Olympics and will defend both titles at Rio in August.