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Russian Olympic Bronze Medalist Disqualified for Drugs, IOC Says

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Russian Weightlifter Oleg Perepetchenov
A file photo shows Russian weightlifter Oleg Perepetchenov standing on the podium during the awards ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Photographer: Fayez Nureldine/AFP via Getty Images

Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) -- A Russian weightlifter who won bronze at the Athens Olympics in 2004 was disqualified for doping after tests of his stored sample found a prohibited substance, Games organizers said.

Oleg Perepetchenov will have to return his medal for the 77-kilo event, the International Olympic Committee said today in an e-mailed statement.

The IOC stores samples for eight years after an event so they can be re-tested should more sophisticated technology be developed or new substances be added to the banned list. The IOC didn’t say what type of specimen was tested.

“The IOC, in close collaboration with the World Anti-Doping Agency, decided to further analyze a number of samples from the Athens Games as a result of targeted testing based on intelligence and new methods,” the governing body said in the statement.

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