IOC strips 10 athletes of Olympic medals in doping retests

FILE In this Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008 file photo silver medalist Irina Nekrassova from Kazakhstan makes a clean and jerk in the women's 63kg weightlifting competition at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Kazakhstan says three medalists are among six of its athletes disqualified from previous Olympics over doping. The country's national Olympic committee said in a statement that weightlifters Irina Nekrasova and Maria Grabovetskaya, who won silver and bronze medals respectively at Beijing 2008, and bronze medal-winning wrestler Aset Mambetov, were retroactively disqualified following retests of drug-test samples they gave at those games. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)
FILE In this Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008 file photo silver medalist Irina Nekrassova from Kazakhstan makes a clean and jerk in the women's 63kg weightlifting competition at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Kazakhstan says three medalists are among six of its athletes disqualified from previous Olympics over doping. The country's national Olympic committee said in a statement that weightlifters Irina Nekrasova and Maria Grabovetskaya, who won silver and bronze medals respectively at Beijing 2008, and bronze medal-winning wrestler Aset Mambetov, were retroactively disqualified following retests of drug-test samples they gave at those games. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee has stripped 10 athletes of medals from the 2008 Olympics after banned substances were found during retests of samples from the games.

The IOC says the 10, nine of whom hail from former Soviet nations, had all tested positive for various steroids.

No gold medalists were among the 10, though there were three silver medalists from weightlifting and wrestling. Track and field was also hit, with Greek triple jumper Chrysopigi Devetzi and Ukrainian pole vaulter Denys Yurchenko losing their bronze medals.

Six more athletes who did not win medals in 2008 were retrospectively disqualified, including Russia’s Elena Slesarenko, who was the women’s high jump gold medalist in 2004 but placed fourth four years later.