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The tally of 24 doping violations, and the removal of three Olympic Gold medals along with a number of lesser medals was welcomed by the International Olympic Association President, Jacques Rogge, as a demonstration that doping would not be tolerated among Olympic athletes.
“Today everybody knows we mean business. We have got zero tolerance towards drug cheats,” said Rogge. “These were the Games where it became increasingly difficult to cheat and where clean athletes were better protected”.
More than 3,000 tests were carried out, a 25% increase on the number conducted in Sydney four years ago.
“You have 10,500 athletes in the Olympic village, you do not have 10,500 saints,” Rogge said. “You will always have cheats.”
“What counts is that we act against this evil drug use. Every positive test catches a cheat and protects a clean athlete.”
The two Greek athletes, Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou, who missed a drug test in the Olympic Village on 12 August, are now the subject of three inquiries: one by the Greek prosecutors which could lead to criminal charges and two sporting ones, by the disciplinary commission of the IOC and the IAAF.
Hungarian Olympic discus champion Robert Fazekas forfeited his title for “refusing or failing to admit a urine sample”.
“We already had some details on the Hungarian discus thrower, so what happened was no surprise,” said IOC medical commission chairman Arne Ljungqvist.