The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed on Friday an appeal filed by Russian high jumper Anna Chicherova against last year’s decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The IOC Disciplinary Commission announced on October 6, 2016 its decision to strip Chicherova of the 2008 Olympic bronze after the reanalysis of her doping sample tested positive for the banned performance enhancing drug turinabol.
The 35-year-old finished third in Beijing, but tested positive for banned steroid turinabol when samples were re-analysed.
Chicherova appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas), which dismissed her claim.
She retains her 2011 World and 2012 Olympic titles.
Her bronze medal could be reallocated to American Chaunte Lowe (nee Howard), who originally came sixth, after the fourth and fifth – Russia’s 2004 Olympic champion Yelena Slesarenko and Ukraine’s Vita Palamar – were also disqualified for doping.
“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed the appeal filed by the Russian high jumper Anna Chicherova against the decision issued by the Disciplinary Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) dated 4 October 2016,” the Swiss-based court said in its statement on Friday.
The International Association of Athletics Federations said the case would now be sent to the independent Athletics Integrity Unit to decide upon the appropriate sanction.
“It’s the most complete shock,” she said.
“I can’t explain how it could have happened. I was always sure what supplements and medicines I was using.”
Following two rounds of re-testing, over 100 Olympians were reported to test positive for banned substances – at least 60 from the 2008 Games and about 40 from the 2012 Games. Among them were over 25 medalists from both Olympics.