Olympic rings made out of recycled material inaugurated in Copacabana Beach on July 21, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA
Olympic rings made out of recycled material inaugurated in Copacabana Beach on July 21, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

An Olympic rings sculpture made from 65 kg of recycled plastic bottles on Rio’s Copacabana beach.

London : Forty-five more athletes, including 23 medalists from the 2008 Beijing Games, have been caught for doping after retesting of samples from the last two Olympics, the IOC said on Friday.

The new cases bring to 98 the total number of athletes who have failed tests so far in the reanalysis of their stored samples from Beijing and the 2012 Olympics in London.

Using “the very latest scientific analysis methods,” the latest round of retests produced 30 “provisional” positive findings from Beijing and 15 confirmed positives from London, the IOC reported. No names were given.

The International Olympic Committee stores doping samples for 10 years so they can be retested when new methods become available, meaning drug cheats who escaped detection at the time can be caught years later.

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