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31 athletes face possible ban from Rio Olympics over doping

The IOC has conducted retests on 454 doping samples from Beijing that could impact the Rio Olympics.

Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed today that they have retested 454 selected doping samples from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing following work with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and international federations.

As a result, 31 athletes from six sporting codes whose samples formed part of the 454, could now be banned from taking part in the 2016 Games in Rio.

The aim is to stop any drugs cheats coming to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The IOC has used the latest scientific analysis methods to conduct retests on 454 doping samples from Beijing that could have a significant impact ahead of this year's Rio Olympics.

In a shock finding, 31 athletes have returned positive results which could see them sanctioned, while the IOC has also agreed to initiate proceedings against the 12 national committees concerned.

The identities of those athletes is yet to be revealed.

Two-hundred-and-fifty more samples from the 2012 London games are set to be retested as well and all the athletes found to have contravened the anti-doping regulations will be banned from taking part in this year's showpiece in Rio.

The samples of those athletes who could be awarded medals following the disqualification of others will also be retested.