IOC sanctions Cuban discus trower for failing anti-doping tests at Beijing 2008
The protection of clean athletes and the fight against doping are top priorities for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. To provide a level playing field for all clean athletes at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the IOC put special measures in place, including targeted pre-tests and the re-analysis of stored samples from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and London 2012, following an intelligence-gathering process that started in August 2015.
As part of this process, the IOC today announced that two athletes have been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008.
Cuban discus thrower Yarelys Barrios, 33, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which she ranked second, and for which she was awarded the silver medal. Reanalysis of Barrios’ samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance acetazolamide (diuretic and masking agent).
She has to return the silver medal, the diploma, and the medallist pin obtained in the discus throw event.
The Comité Olímpico Cubano shall ensure full implementation of this decision.