Retesting Nails 6 Olympic Drug Cheats

New technique exposes athletes' use of banned blood booster
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2009 6:07 AM CDT
Spain's Samuel Sanchez, left, outsprints Italy's Davide Rebellin, right, to win the Men's Road Cycling Race, at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena/File)
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(Newser) – Six Olympic drug cheats have been exposed long after the end of the 2008 Beijing Games, CNN reports. The IOC—which keeps test samples on file for eight years after events finish—rechecked 948 samples after a new test for a banned blood booster was developed. Silver medal-winning Italian cyclist Davide Rebellin is among those whose tests came back positive, the BBC reports.