Lausanne lab leads IOC to strip medals

A fresh analysis by a Lausanne anti-doping lab has led the International Olympic Committee to strip four athletes of their medals from the 2004 Olympic Games.

The IOC, also based in Lausanne, took the decision after the new analysis of their dope tests taken at the Athens Games revealed traces of steroids.

Ukraine's Yuri Belonog was stripped of his shot put gold medal, Belarus' Ivan Tikhon of his silver in the hammer, and Irina Yatchenko of Belarus and Russian Svetlana Krivelyova lost their bronze medals in the women's discus and shot put respectively.

It is the second Olympic medal Tikhon has been stripped of, having had his bronze from the 2008 Games taken away also for a doping offence.

There is a fifth medallist from the 2004 Games who is at risk of being disqualified, but whose name will be revealed later by the IOC because of a delay in the procedure of the athlete's test.

Since the Athens Games all dope tests taken at the Olympics have been stored in a large deep freeze in the basement of the anti-doping laboratory in
Lausanne for a duration of eight years.

The IOC had asked the laboratory to reanalyse 105 tests taken at the Games in Athens, which holds the unwanted record for the most failed dope tests in
Olympic history.

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Five cities ‘interested’ in hosting 2024 Games

Five cities - Boston, Hamburg, Rome, Paris and Budapest - are "interested" in hosting the 2024 Olympic Games, the executive director of the Lausanne-based International Olympic Committee says.

Five cities 'interested' in hosting 2024 Games

"We have five cities who are interested," Christophe Dubi announced on Tuesday at the Olympic movement's headquarters in the Vaud capital.

Cities have until September 15th to enter bids and the IOC will make a decision in mid-2017.

Paris is close to entering an intense Olympic battle.

The French capital that lost out to London for the 2012 Games has only to officialize its candidature after backing from the Paris City Hall in April.

French President François Hollande last month visited IOC headquarters to cheerlead the Paris bid during his two-day official visit to Switzerland.
The United States has entered Boston, Rome will lead an Italian bid. 

Germany will enter Hamburg if a city referendum gives support.

And Budapest have now expressed interest in discussing the conditions to become an official candidate.
Representatives from Budapest will meet the IOC on Thursday "in a discussion phase", said Dubi, stressing that this by no means suggests a definite bid by the Hungarian capital.
Paris will discuss their prospective bid with the IOC on June 3rd, followed by Rome in July, according to the Italian Olympic Committee.
"During these meetings in the 'invitation phase' we will discuss the projects of each of the cities and answer their questions," Dubi said.