Ukraine’s Oleksandr Pyatnytsya stripped of silver medal from London Olympics after testing positive in drug test

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Ukraine’s Oleksandr Pyatnytsya stripped of silver medal from London Olympics after testing positive in drug test

Ukraine’s javelin thrower Oleksandr Pyatnytsya have been stripped off his 2012 London Olympics silver medal after testing positive for using steroids.

Reuters reported that Pyatnytsya tested positive for using a steroid called turinabol. Pyatnytsya was one of four athletes named by the IOC who tested positive for steroids use in their re-tests from the Beijing 2008 Games and the London Olympics samples.

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Aside from Pyatnytsya, the list also included Turkish weightlifter Nurcan Taylan, Armenian weightlifter Hripsime Khurshudyan and Belarussian hammer thrower Pavel Kryvitski.

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The samples were re-tested by the IOC using new methods that yielded positive results. The IOC also noted that re-test was also done ahead of the Rio Olympics to clean out athletes violating the Olympic anti-doping policy.

Following the decision, the IOC corrected the result of the javelin event at the London Olympics. Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad & Tobago takes the gold as Antti Ruuskanen of Finland set to be promoted into second place. Czech Vitezslav Vesely potentially gets the bronze medal.

Following the IOC announcement, the IAAF is set also to consider issuing a two-year ban on Pyatnytsya. The re-testing was done to verify if the athletes were indeed clean from any banned substance.

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The Rio Olympics have been marred by anti-doping scandal after the IOC issued a ban on Russian athletes following an alleged state-backed doping scandal.

Instead of issuing a blanket ban, the IOC ordered the different international sports federation to conduct their own drug test to verify if truly the Russian athletes are clean. Because of the issue, 271 athletes from Russia out of there supposed 389 were allowed to compete after coming out clean in a strict drug testing.

The issue also divided member nations of the IOC saying that the committee’s decision on the matter was weak. They said that the IOC should have taken a stand on a decision that would have to send a strong message to other countries participating in the Olympics.

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