=== Four Athens Olympians stripped of medals ===
 Lausanne,  Switzerland (Sports  Network) - Four Olympians from the 2004 Athens
 Games were stripped of medals by the IOC for doping violations.
 Yuriy  Bilong of the Ukraine lost his gold medal in men's shot put, while Ivan
 Tsikhan  of Belarus  was stripped  of his  silver in  the men's  hammer throw.
 Russia's Svetlana Krivelyova lost her bronze in the women's shot put and Iryna
 Yatchenko of Belarus was stripped of a bronze in the women's discus.
 The  IOC stores samples  for eight years after each edition of the Games in an
 effort  to  retest if  more  sophisticated  methods  become available  or  new
 substances are added to the banned list.
 12/05 14:23:58 ET

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