July 25th, 2012
12:13 PM ET

Nine athletes banned for doping offenses

A total of nine athletes, including Olympic bronze medalist Nataliya Tobias, have tested positive for "sophisticated doping" offenses, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has confirmed.

Six of those athletes were caught using a new "biological passport" method, which builds up a profile of each individual over a prolonged period of time.

The remaining three, including Tobias who came third in the women's 1500 meters in Beijing four years ago, were suspended after further analysis of samples they gave at the World Championships in Daegu last year.

"Today's announcements underline the IAAF's continued and unwavering campaign against doping in athletics," IAAF President Lamine Diack said in a statement on their official website.

"They demonstrate the IAAF's commitment to use advanced methods to detect doping and to enforce increased sanctions when justified.

"We will not stint in our resolve to do everything in our power to eradicate cheating."

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  1. justathought

    So, who are the other two?

    July 25, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • krrkdm

      3+2+1+1+1+1=9

      July 25, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daphne

      Um, 3+2+1+1+1+1=9

      July 25, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Uhhh 3 + 2 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 9. what other 2?

      July 25, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      3+2+1+1+1+1=9

      ?

      July 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • basketcase

      Didn't do so great with the whole addition thing did we?

      July 25, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChiTown Gal in Houston

      You might wanna brush up on your arithmetic. Just sayin'...

      July 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry Sandusky

      Penn State educational dollars at work.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • justathought

      yeah, I goofed I quit counting where there was a typo. ("...on Greek...)

      July 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. evan

    The US government spends over 700 billion a year on its defense budget, thats more than the next 18 combined... CUT WASTEFULL SPENDING AND INVEST IN AMERICA.

    on topic- what a bunch of dopes

    July 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sailor101

      So? And your point is? Heck I might make more that x amount of dirt poor countries on this planet all by myself. And besides what does your comment have to do with the news piece? Stay focused on the piece you are commenting about and don't use this as your personal political Soap Box!

      July 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Wrong post dude.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bill

    I don't understand why all these people aren't using the methods Lance Armstrong has been actively pushing (according to the US Anti Doping Agency).

    1. It is completely undetectable
    2. It apparently guarantees a gold medal (7 of them or so I'd say)

    You just have to learn from Lance's mistake: Don't win too much, it will mean you're guilty even if you've never used anything.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • beelzabarber

      lance had virtually endless funding. he could afford the best. Most of these athletes struggle t p ay their bills and drugs are the last thing they can afford. And maybe they have a conscience as well

      July 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • nadinesh

      ...and you need to inform yourself a little better before spouting off.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 666

    one Moroccan, 'ON' Greek?

    July 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ned

    I bet they are Penn State athletes.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • PEDO BEAR

      Where do you think those mascot's came from. 😛

      July 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RobM

    'On greek?" Do people ever proof read their stuff anymore?

    July 25, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      Of course not. CNN is wrought with typos.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Frank

    People of the United States of America and the World,
    I am "SHOCKED,SHOCKED" to find out the Russians along with others countries be involved with DOPING(CHEATING)!

    July 25, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • PEDO BEAR

      Shocked? No. Surprised? No. This is the expected norm with athletes now adays. You cannot call yourself a true athlete unless you dope at least once.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    The answer is simple. Have a "Special Doper Olympics" just for dopers.
    This way they can make thier own special dope records. They can make thier own dope standards.
    Best of all, whosoever is caught competing in the "Special Doper Olympics" that is not on dope, will be immediatley disqualified.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Keep the dopers "out of the Olympics".

    July 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Graywolf1966

    Definitely former Penn State student athletes.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Who Cares?

    That's why they call it "DOPE". Only the DUMMIES use it.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. What is going on?

    When the Russian team walks into the olympic stadium it is always hard to tell the difference between their male and female athletes. Any bets that the three russians caught doping were all women?

    July 25, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Soo confused.

    Wait.. so the one morocan is doing the greek.. greek?

    July 25, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ashley

    "...one Moroccan, on Greek..." Seriously, CNN? "On" Greek?

    July 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Blue 19

    Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the 30th summer Olympics. Let the cheating begin.

    July 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
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