Four Olympians lose medals for steroid use at Athens
Four Olympians lose medals: Four track and field athletes from eastern Europe were ordered to return their medals won in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. The retroactive tests bring the number of Athens Olympians to lose medals to 31, including 11 medal winners and three gold medalists.
(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)
The International Olympic Committee executive board disqualified four athletes whose Athens doping samples were retested earlier this year and came back positive for steroids, including shot put gold medalist Yuriy Bilonog of Ukraine.
The case of a fifth bronze medalist, weightlifter Oleg Perepechenov of Russia, remains pending.
"Athletes who cheat by using doping substances must understand that just because they get away with it one day, there is a very good chance that they will be caught in the future," WADA President John Fahey said in a statement. "The retesting and subsequent decisions of the IOC are proof of that."
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