(NEW YORK) — More athletes have been caught using banned substances ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Friday that after reanalyzing samples from the previous two Summer Games — Beijing 2008 and London 2012 — 45 more athletes were found to have tested positive for prohibited substances. This brings the total number to 98 after two waves of reanalysis.
“The third and fourth waves are expected to continue throughout and after the Olympic Games Rio 2016,” the IOC said.
Of the 45 athletes who failed in the latest wave, 30 competed in Beijing, 23 of whom were medalists. The remaining 15 competed in London and represented two sports.
The IOC has not released the athletes’ names nor identified their countries.
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