Olympics Notes: IOC Strips Four 2004 Medalists Of Their Medals
The IOC revealed four 2004 Athens Olympic medalists, including Ukraine's shot put champion Yuriy Bilonog, have been "stripped of their medals after retested samples from eight years ago were positive." The other athletes are Russian shot putter Svetlana Krivelyova, Belarus discus thrower Irina Yatchenko, who both won bronze medals in their disciplines and Belarussian hammer thrower Ivan Tsikhan, who lost his silver medal. A case involving a fifth unnamed athlete is still pending (REUTERS, 12/6). ... Naturalized Malaysian Huang Qiang is "not going anywhere" as far as the National Sports Council is concerned. NSC Dir General Seri Zolkples Embong said that an extension is "on the cards" for Huang, whose contract ends on Dec. 31 (THE STAR, 12/5).