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London 2012 - Dirtiest Games Ever?

Nov 12, 2015
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So much for the IOC's prediction that the 2012 Olympics in London would be the "cleanest possible Games". Now it is very likely that it will be the dirtiest ever Games with 45 already named as positive and another 30 cases presently being processed by the IOC.

London showcased two of the dirtiest competitions in Olympic history. The women's 1,500 metres where five of the first eight have tested positive since the Games. Now the men's 94kg division in weightlifting has overtaken it for the most unwelcome accolade, with six of the first seven testing positive on recent retests.

The total positives in re-tests of weightlifting samples in Beijjng and London now number 46, forty of them from former Soviet bloc countries. Most of the Gold medals in both 2008 and in 2012 will be re-allocated.

Predictably, the dirtiest country of all is Kazakhstan which has ten of its lifters disqualified by re-tests, closely followed by Russia second with nine.

As a result of the astonishing number of positive results from the Beijing and London Olympic Games weightlifting retests - The German Weightlifting Federation (BVDG) has again called for the resignation of International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) president Dr. Tamas Ajan based on what the BVDG describes as the IWF’s substandard drug testing program and the IWF’s attempts to bully any who challenge its policies.

According to the IWF's Rules each Olympic Games competitor must be tested twice in the 6 months prior to the Games. In fact, a quick independent check of the IWF website data shows that 67% of the men’s weightlifting medalists at the 2012 Olympics had either zero or one test from January–July of 2012, a critical period in terms of preparation for the London Games.

German Matthias Steiner remarked:" I have to deal with athletes from nations where, how shall I put it – the road to performance seems to be a different one than from where I am from." Difficult to argue with him when the IWF's own data shows he had 10 unannounced training-controls in the 6 months before london 2012 ..... while the entire Russian team collectively did not have a single one.

The weightlifters would normally be tested by their national doping agency but North Korea and Kazakhstan for example don't have a National doping agency - so no tests were conducted. These two countries alone won 7 gold and 1 bronze medal in weightlifting at Beijing and London !

Since China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Azebejian, Ukraine and Turkey all got at least 3 lifters testing positive in the retests these Countries will join Bulgaria and Greece as banned from all competition for 1 year - since these countries have won the overwhelming majority of the medals in Olympic and World Championships during the last decade - with them all banned from next years World Championships - could we see a British or USA lifter win a medal for the first time in nearly 40 years? Don't hold your breath!

2016 is shaping up to be a record year for the sanctioning of weightlifters for doping violations - and highlights the ongoing scale of the problem - because the last five years were far from 'clean' to say the least!

http://www.iwf.net/anti-doping/sanctions/
 
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depends on wording

from what you say it looks to me that, at this moment, London 2012 are the cleanest olympics ever

no wonder that corrupt IOC wants to get rid of WADA, a organization that at least catches some people from time to time compared to other organizations that catch nobody all the time.
 
Aug 2, 2012
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.......i'm one for letting my heart rule my brain..........however olympics and clean are words rarely heard

in the same sentence....................they are all dirty........athletes getting away with as much as poss/officials

looking the other way to appease sponsors................london no worse/no better

.......weightlifting? a sport even too grubby for brits....

Mark L
 
Mar 31, 2010
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calling some olympic games the dirtiest because of a weightlifting event is hilarious. these things are always doped and have always been. nobody takes that sport seriously
 
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MountTiede said:
So much for the IOC's prediction that the 2012 Olympics in London would be the "cleanest possible Games". Now it is very likely that it will be the dirtiest ever Games with 45 already named as positive and another 30 cases presently being processed by the IOC.

London showcased two of the dirtiest competitions in Olympic history. The women's 1,500 metres where five of the first eight have tested positive since the Games. Now the men's 94kg division in weightlifting has overtaken it for the most unwelcome accolade, with six of the first seven testing positive on recent retests.

The total positives in re-tests of weightlifting samples in Beijjng and London now number 46, forty of them from former Soviet bloc countries. Most of the Gold medals in both 2008 and in 2012 will be re-allocated.

Predictably, the dirtiest country of all is Kazakhstan which has ten of its lifters disqualified by re-tests, closely followed by Russia second with nine.

As a result of the astonishing number of positive results from the Beijing and London Olympic Games weightlifting retests - The German Weightlifting Federation (BVDG) has again called for the resignation of International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) president Dr. Tamas Ajan based on what the BVDG describes as the IWF’s substandard drug testing program and the IWF’s attempts to bully any who challenge its policies.

According to the IWF's Rules each Olympic Games competitor must be tested twice in the 6 months prior to the Games. In fact, a quick independent check of the IWF website data shows that 67% of the men’s weightlifting medalists at the 2012 Olympics had either zero or one test from January–July of 2012, a critical period in terms of preparation for the London Games.

German Matthias Steiner remarked:" I have to deal with athletes from nations where, how shall I put it – the road to performance seems to be a different one than from where I am from." Difficult to argue with him when the IWF's own data shows he had 10 unannounced training-controls in the 6 months before london 2012 ..... while the entire Russian team collectively did not have a single one.

The weightlifters would normally be tested by their national doping agency but North Korea and Kazakhstan for example don't have a National doping agency - so no tests were conducted. These two countries alone won 7 gold and 1 bronze medal in weightlifting at Beijing and London !

Since China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Azebejian, Ukraine and Turkey all got at least 3 lifters testing positive in the retests these Countries will join Bulgaria and Greece as banned from all competition for 1 year - since these countries have won the overwhelming majority of the medals in Olympic and World Championships during the last decade - with them all banned from next years World Championships - could we see a British or USA lifter win a medal for the first time in nearly 40 years? Don't hold your breath!

2016 is shaping up to be a record year for the sanctioning of weightlifters for doping violations - and highlights the ongoing scale of the problem - because the last five years were far from 'clean' to say the least!

http://www.iwf.net/anti-doping/sanctions/
In the women's Keirin from London a Russian who finished 8th evidently doped.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/36437045

I don't get the contemporary hostility to organised religion as these doping tests (even if containing a scintilla of truth) stretch credulity to the limit. It's much easier to believe in God.
 
Oct 16, 2010
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The most hypocrit games ever, no doubt.
Well, there's competition from Rio for this title.
 
Dec 7, 2010
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all those positives and that is without knowing all the TUE's the British and Americans were ON.

Its hard to take cycling as serious sport. Now most people are not taking cycling as a serious sport.
 
Aug 2, 2012
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Glenn_Wilson said:
all those positives and that is without knowing all the TUE's the British and Americans were ON.
pfffff................mere marginal gains...................weightlifter types don't pussy around

it's straight to..........................high octane...............

Mark L
 
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Amnes2015 said:
depends on wording

from what you say it looks to me that, at this moment, London 2012 are the cleanest olympics ever

no wonder that corrupt IOC wants to get rid of WADA, a organization that at least catches some people from time to time compared to other organizations that catch nobody all the time.

They like having WADA around. The IOC/federations can blame WADA for everything. Meanwhile, Reedie has defended Russia's rampant corruption. Most Russian athletes attended Rio, and the story has mostly disappeared.
 
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MountTiede said:
Predictably, the dirtiest country of all is Kazakhstan which has ten of its lifters disqualified by re-tests, closely followed by Russia second with nine.
Why is Kazakhstan so predictably the dirtiest?

I give the weight lifting federation credit for actually following the intent of the WADA system and letting the sanctions be processed.

The IAAF and UCI do next to nothing. If there's too much doping controversy, they seem to discover some positives from as many years ago as possible and sanction one or two minor figures.
 
To say that the 2012 games were the dirtiest ever is a fallacy. What they were is the games with the most cheats caught. We cant even say what proportion of cheats were caught, so we cant claim that 2012 were the most successful at catching cheats. There is no way of knowing which were the dirtiest games ever because we will never know how many cheats were not caught in any series.

I think the most telling sentence in that news item is this:

"The IOC retests stored samples from all games since 2004 using scientific methods unavailable at the time."
 
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macbindle said:
To say that the 2012 games were the dirtiest ever is a fallacy. What they were is the games with the most cheats caught. We cant even say what proportion of cheats were caught, so we cant claim that 2012 were the most successful at catching cheats. There is no way of knowing which were the dirtiest games ever because we will never know how many cheats were not caught in any series.

I think the most telling sentence in that news item is this:

"The IOC retests stored samples from all games since 2004 using scientific methods unavailable at the time."
All those women's world records still standing from the 80's..... Fairly obvious which games were the dirtiest IMO.
 
Counting the number of cheats caught is a very very poor measure of the dirtiest ever. You'd get closer to the truth by looking at the games with the least caught. How many were caught in 1980 (Moscow) ? The East German and Soviet Union state sponsored doping machines were in full flight. The first documented case of blood doping was at Moscow 1980. Dirtiest ever? I vote Moscow.
 

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