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. Jerry Sandusky

    This is disgusting! How dare they compromise the innocence of sport with such vile behavior!

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

      *face palm*

      July 25, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. securisinc

    FYI, the article says it "includes" those members of each respective country, it doesn't say "consists of" or any other exhaustive language.

    July 25, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in NYC

      They're using 'includes' to be exhaustive since there were 9 athletes suspended and they listed a total of 9 athletes from 6 countires.

      July 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. vahellbilly

    I guess the communist manifesto and islam approve of cheating to achieve your goals...

    July 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • mjritter

      what an ignorant post... Go back and do a little research and you'll find its done by many, including Americans. Look at Dr. Wade Exum's report on Anericans doping! It included 5 time gold medalist Carl Lewis, or how about Canadian Ben Johnson – losing the gold (given to Carl Lewis, if that's not irony). Or how about Irish swimmer Michele Smirh??? I could list so many..., your comment about communists and Muslims only shows ignorance and bigotry... no place for it at the Olympics.. Cheating is cheating no matter who does it, but it is practiced by all groups

      July 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in NYC

      Perhaps mjritter .... but only athletes from communist and muslim countires were sent home in this instance.

      July 25, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. freshnewblog

    Thank you.

    July 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. PaulTinEG

    I assume that "...on Greek..." should be "...one Greek...". Where did the journalist learn to right? LOL

    July 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You mean "write", right? Lol!

      July 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      I believe you mean "Where did the journalist learn to *write*?

      July 25, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dopping

    And now for a truely new and revealing news story.....

    July 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fay ruujin

    doping? and what's new. the whole thing is silly. my cat lays around for 18 hours a day. whines a little then leaps up to the bath room window WITHOUT any effort at all. that would be like a man high jumping about 30 feet. man is pretty lame.

    July 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Harry Balsaak

    How does this compare to previous Olympics?
    Is this an improvement?
    What exactly are 'doping offenses'? (Steroids only?)
    What sports were the athletes scheduled to compete in?
    Remember when journalism was informative, unbiased, and factual?
    I wonder if that will ever return?

    July 25, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meredith

      The article PLAINLY states that the story is developing...hold your horses there, cowboy.

      July 25, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    9 Olympians or 90 million Americans?
    Ann Blake Tracy Phd., author of 'Prozac: Panacea or Pandora-our serationin nightmare' (www.drugawareness.org) will be on the Rense Radio show this evening discussing the recent Colorado shooting and medications.if any car to find-out what's up with US spending more on drugs than on national defense.
    Dr. Tracy has been testifying in court cases involving SSRI usage and it's links with everything from migraines to school shootings for over a decade.
    Do you recall 20 yrs. ago, when someone did suicede they slipped away quietly? Find out why we have new terms such as "road rage" & "bi-polar" to describe ourselves and our behaviors...why the new suicidal persons "go postal" on your ass.
    Learn the truth about what lab tests showed before SSRIs were allowed to be legally prescribed. How can inhibiting your brains natrual seratonin level even possibly be called "therapy" based on what we KNOW?
    Please listen to her radio broadcast this evening...
    "Colorado Shooting & Meds" ty

    July 25, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    Well, I think it's cheating to import well trained athletes from other countries to compete for US anyway...dope or no.
    (just as foreign trained soldiers who go AWOL and fight for your God&Country instead of their own...recruited by Colin Powells Cobat Svcs. Ltd.) At least this international crime kept being drafted into the military away.

    July 25, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. wow

    You can not drink gatorade anymore without flunking their tests i bet.

    July 25, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    *Combat Svcs. Lmt., rather. An organization that violated International Law. It is illegal for one country to recruit soldiers from another countries army.
    Did you know that a Chilean grunt recieves the same training US SPECIAL FORCES recieve? And that Chilean soldierss who went AWOL to wear a US uniform started out in YOUR army getting paid 5,800/mo.? How much do they pay your newly recruited son?

    July 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    Well, arent athlestes SUPPOSED to represent their home country?
    If none of the USAs athletes were using drugs, they wouldn't be representing US at all. USians spend more on mind-altering drugz than on national defense. US althletes represent this. (microcosm)

    July 25, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Portland tony

    Think the Greek wasn't accused of doping. She just tweeted about African flying insects!

    July 25, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mandarin

    Sheesh, so little information, so much speculation.

    July 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
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