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London Olympic athletes fail new doping tests

The Lausanne-based International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday reported 23 new doping failures from retests on 265 samples from the 2012 London Games.

London Olympic athletes fail new doping tests
IOC president Thomas Bach announced the news. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/ADP

The 23 were from six countries and took part in five different sports. The revelation came one week after the IOC said 31 new cases had been found from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
   
“Reanalysis of the 'A' samples from 23 athletes in five sports and from six National Olympic Committees who competed at the Olympic Games London 2012 has returned Adverse Analytical Findings,” the IOC said in a statement.
   
The IOC began re-testing samples following revelations by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) last year showing systematic cheating among Russian athletes, likely with state support.
   
A total of 454 samples from Beijing have been retested, the IOC said, adding that a 32nd case from the Games in the Chinese capital had shown “abnormal parameters” with further investigation pending.
   
The re-testing programme is focused on athletes who could compete in the upcoming Rio Games.
   
“These reanalyses show, once again, our determination in the fight against doping,” IOC President Thomas Bach said in the statement.
 
“We want to keep the dopers away from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,” he added. “This is why we are acting swiftly now.”
   
The IOC has informed the athletes whose samples have failed on reanalysis, but will not name them until a final confirmation test is carried out.
   
“All athletes found to have infringed the anti-doping rules will be banned from competing at the Olympic Games Rio 2016,” the statement said.
   
More failures could be coming, the Olympics body said, noting that “the reanalysis programme is ongoing, with the possibility of more results in the coming weeks.”

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Scandal-hit Kaspersky to move infrastructure from Russia to Switzerland

Russian anti-virus software firm Kaspersky Lab, which is suspected by US authorities of helping the Kremlin's espionage efforts, said Tuesday it was moving its core infrastructure and operations to Switzerland.

Scandal-hit Kaspersky to move infrastructure from Russia to Switzerland
US government workers were last year ordered to stop using Kaspersky anti-virus software. Photo: AFP

The transfer “includes customer data storage and processing for most regions, as well as software assembly, including threat detection updates,” said Kaspersky, whose software protects some 400 million computers worldwide.

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“To ensure full transparency and integrity, Kaspersky Lab is arranging for this activity to be supervised by an independent third party, also based in Switzerland,” it added.

The move follows controversy in the United States last year when the federal government removed Kaspersky from its list of approved vendors, weeks after senior US intelligence agency and law enforcement officials expressed concerns about the safety of its software.

US government workers were ordered to stop using Kaspersky anti-virus software.

Kaspersky denied that its products had “backdoors” which would allow Russian intelligence agencies to spy on computers using its software, and said it would take measures to reassure customers about the safety of its products.

By the end of this year, the production of its anti-virus software will be shifted to Zurich and a data centre will be built there next year where information on most non-Russian customers will be stored.

Development and data storage for the Russian market will remain in Russia, a Kaspersky executive told the AFP news agency.