6 from 2005 worlds caught in doping retests
MONACO (AP) -- Six athletes from Russia and Belarus, including three gold and two silver medalists, have been caught for doping in retests from the 2005 track and field world championships.
Nazdeya Ostapchuk, a Belarusian shot putter who was also stripped of her London Olympic gold medal for doping, was one of the six named Friday by the IAAF. She won the shot put at the 2005 worlds in Helsinki and finished second in 2003, 2007 and 2011.
The other two gold medalists from 2005 were the hammer throwers, men's winner Ivan Tsikhan of Belarus and women's champion Olga Kuzenkova of Russia.
Tsikhan won the Olympic bronze medal in 2008, and originally finished second at the 2004 Athens Games before being stripped of his silver medal for doping. He also won gold at the 2003 and 2007 world championships. Kuzenkova won the Olympic gold medal in 2004.
The other three are: Vadim Devyatovskiy of Belarus, who took second in the hammer at the 2005 worlds; Tatyana Kotova of Russia, who was second in the long jump; and Andrei Mikhnevich of Belarus, who was sixth in the shot put but won gold in the event at the 2003 worlds.
The IAAF said it was opening disciplinary procedures against the six. It did not say for what substances the athletes tested positive, nor what the punishments could be. If found guilty of doping, they face being stripped of their medals and results.
"The IAAF's message to cheaters is increasingly clear that, with constant advancements being made in doping detection, there is no place to hide," IAAF President Lamine Diack said in a statement. "The IAAF will continue to do everything in its power to ensure the credibility of competition, and where the rules have been broken, will systematically uncover the cheats."