Ivan Tsikhan, who won the
silver medal in Athens, had been expected to start qualifying for the
hammer throw final but was instead sent home by the IAAF, the Belarus
Olympic committee said Friday.
“We have received a letter from the
international athletics federation that we should take out Ivan Tsikhan
for doping from 2004 in Athens,” said Oleg Grinko, a spokesman for the
Belarus Olympic Committee.
An Olympic official with direct
knowledge of the case said Tsikhan had also been caught in IAAF retests
in 2005, when he won the world title in Helsinki, Finland. The official
spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the
results had not been publicly announced.