— Published 6 December 2022

A new assessment of the London 2012 Games

It’s done. The International Testing Agency (ITA) has announced that it has finalised the re-analysis of samples taken at the London 2012 Games. The operation had started in 2018 at the request of the IOC. It is now complete. The results speak for themselves: no fewer than 73 anti-doping rule violations were sanctioned, resulting in the withdrawal of 31 medals and the re-award of 46 others in four sports. According to the ITA, the cases discovered and sanctioned mainly concern anabolic steroids. No less than 2,727 samples were re-analysed. In detail, the 73 cases concern eight sports: weightlifting (36), athletics (28), wrestling (4), canoeing (2), swimming (1), cycling (1), volleyball (1) and boxing (1). They involve 16 countries, mostly European. Among them, two clearly dominate the list of violations: Russia (21 cases) and Belarus (11).