IOC to tackle hammer doping case

Kyodo

An IOC disciplinary commission will meet Sunday to discuss the results of investigations in doping cases at the Beijing Olympics involving Belarusian hammer throwers Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan.

The commission will consider sanctions against Devyatovskiy and Tsikhan, who both tested positive for traces of testosterone after winning the silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the Aug. 17 hammer final in Beijing.

They will both be stripped of their medals if they are found guilty of doping, meaning Koji Murofushi, the Athens Games gold medalist who finished fifth in Beijing, would be awarded the bronze medal.

Devyatovskiy has already served a two-year doping suspension handed down in 2000.

A guilty verdict for the Belarusian athletes would see Murofushi belatedly receive a medal for the second straight Olympics. He was awarded the Athens gold after Hungary’s Adrian Annus was disqualified for a doping offense.