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Olympic Re-Tests Raise Added Concerns Over Russian Doping

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 09 / 16

Positive re-tests of doping samples from the '08 and '12 Olympics have left IOC President Thomas Bach with "real concerns about Russia, as well as the sport of weightlifting," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. About 100 Russian athletes were banned from competing at the Rio de Janeiro Games ...

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