LONDON (Kyodo) The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday upheld the appeals filed by two Belarusian hammer throwers against the International Olympic Committee’s decision to strip them of their medals for doping violations at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Koji Murofushi was set to move up from fifth to third place when the IOC ruled in December 2008 against the Belarusians, who tested positive for traces of testosterone after the hammer throw final, but the silver and bronze medals will now be returned to Vadim Deviatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan, respectively.

“I heard about it through news reports. Doping is gaining more and more attention and this will result in stricter tests,” said Murofushi, who spoke with reporters after attending a funeral service for Japan Association of Athletics Federations honorary chairman Hanji Aoki. “I think this will be a plus for me at the London Olympics.”

The CAS panel established that there had been a violation of the testing laboratory’s documentation and reporting requirements, as well as a violation of the “different analysts” rule.

“The same laboratory analyst should not have performed activities on the ‘A’ and on the ‘B’ samples,” which constituted a clear violation of the international standards for laboratories, the panel said.

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