IOC says Beijing '08 retests snare 31 dope cheats

May 18, 2016

IOC says Beijing '08 retests snare 31 dope cheats

In a major doping crackdown stretching back eight years, 31 athletes in six sports could be barred from competing in the Olympics after they were caught in retesting of drug samples from the 2008 Beijing Games, and other positive cases could emerge from the ...

Stepanov says Russian doping changes 'fake'

| May 12, 2016

Stepanov says Russian doping changes 'fake'

In the opinion of a whistleblower who uncovered Russia’s doping scourge, most of the changes in the country’s track and anti-doping programs are “just fake,” and not nearly extensive enough to allow the team into the Olympics this summer. Vitaly Stepanov, who along with ...

Mar 23, 2016

London judo silver medalist Hiraoka retires

Hiroaki Hiraoka, the men’s 60-kg silver medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, announced his retirement as an active judoka on Wednesday. The 31-year-old Hiraoka lost at a domestic tournament last fall and missed out on a place at this summer’s Olympics in Rio de ...

Jan 12, 2016

London bronze medalist Nishiyama ends career

Judoka Masashi Nishiyama, who won a bronze medal in the men’s 90-kg division at the 2012 London Olympics, will retire, his corporate sponsor announced Tuesday. “I feel proud to have been able to compete against my world rivals on such a high level as ...

Olympic champion Alptekin stripped of gold for doping

Aug 18, 2015

Olympic champion Alptekin stripped of gold for doping

Olympic champion Asli Cakir Alptekin has agreed to give up her 1,500-meter title and serve an eight-year ban for blood doping, dealing another blow to track and field. A settlement by the Turkish runner and the IAAF was announced by the Court of Arbitration ...

May 19, 2015

Ennis-Hill awaits first heptathlon since 2012 London Games

Jessica Ennis-Hill will take part in her first heptathlon since winning gold at the 2012 London Olympics when she competes in the biggest multi-discipline meeting of the year in Austria on May 30-31. The Olympic champion from Britain spent two years off the track ...

Jan 22, 2015

London Olympic wrestling champion Yonemitsu to retire

Japan’s Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu, who won a gold medal at the London Olympics in the men’s 66-kilogram freestyle wrestling, will retire from competition, he announced Thursday. “I live for wrestling,” Yonemitsu told a press conference. “I was nurtured in wrestling and I want to do ...