April 28, 2009

Six Olympic athletes positive for drug

The International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday that six athletes tested positive for a new drug during tests after the 2008 Beijing Games.

The IOC announcement didn't identify the six athletes, who each failed a newly designed test for an endurance booster, the New York Daily News reported.

The athletes were being notified through the governing bodies of their sports, the newspaper said.

The IOC's anti-doping rules allow for the storing of samples for up to eight years. The committee said the testing took place in laboratories in Switzerland, France and Germany. Athletes in cycling, rowing, swimming and track and field were included. The IOC tested a total of 948 samples.