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The International Olympic Committee has confirmed that a further 45 athletes have tested for banned substances from the London and Beijing Olympics.
Samples were reanalysed as part of the IOC's re-testing programme from previous Olympic Games in a bid to prevent cheats from competing at the upcoming Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Of the 45 failed tests, 30 were from Beijing, including 23 medallists, and 15 were from London, taking the total number of athletes who tested positive for prohibited substances to 98.
All those found to have violated the anti-doping rules will be banned from the Rio Olympics, which are due to begin on August 5.
“The new reanalysis once again shows the commitment of the IOC in the fight against doping,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.
In total, 1,243 doping samples from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 were selected to be reanalysed in wave one and wave two, while the third and fourth waves are expected to continue throughout and after the Rio Games.
News of the positives tests comes at a time when the IOC is considering whether or not to issue a blanket ban on Russia.
The McLaren report found that Russia operated a state-sponsored doping system during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, concluding that Russia's Ministry of Sport "directed, controlled and oversaw" the manipulation of samples provide by its athletes.