The International Olympic Committee has announced that 23 athletes who competed in the 2012 London Olympics have tested positive for doping upon re-examination of their doping samples.
The positive tests belonged to athletes across five sports and six countries, and came from a pool of 265 samples that were reanalyzed.
“These re-analyses show, once again, our determination in the fight against doping,” said IOC president Thomas Bach. “We want to keep the dopers away from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This is why we are acting swiftly now. I have already appointed a disciplinary commission, which has the full power to take all the decisions on behalf of the IOC.”
The IOC did not disclose any identifying information about the athletes whose samples tested positive, but said they will be banned from competing at this year’s Games in Rio.
Last week, the IOC announced the re-testing of 454 samples from the 2008 Olympics in Bejing revealed 31 athletes who tested positive.