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IOC Body sanctions 2 Beijing Olympians including Cuba silver medalist

Cuba's Yarelys Barrios, who placed second in the discus in Beijing, tested positive for the masking agent acetazolamide, according to a re-analysis by the IOC.

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Yarelys Barrios of Cuba poses with her bronze medal during women's discus victory ceremony at World Athletics Championships in Moscow play Yarelys Barrios of Cuba poses with her bronze medal during the women's discus victory ceremony at the IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow August 12, 2013. (REUTERS/Grigory Dukor)
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The International Olympic Committee said on Thursday it has disqualified two athletes from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, including a Cuban discus silver medalist, after retesting of samples found evidence they had used banned substances.

Cuba's Yarelys Barrios, who placed second in the discus in Beijing, tested positive for the masking agent acetazolamide, according to a re-analysis by the IOC.

Samuel Adelebari Francis of Qatar, who was sixteenth in the 100 metres event, was disqualified after the IOC's re-analysis resulted in a positive test for the steroid stanozol.

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