Triple-jump national record holder Piyi Devetzi has had her Olympic bronze medal from the 2008 Games in Beijing annulled as the International Amateur Athletics Federation, track and field’s world governing body, announced she is retrospectively disqualified from August 2007 for failing a drugs test.
IAAF found Devetzi’s sample from the 2007 World Championships in Osaka to include traces of banned steroid stanozolol and is also about to cancel Devetzi’s bronze in Osaka.
“Whoever predicts that Piyi Devetzi will have her medals taken away will be proven wrong,” had read a statement released by Devetzi’s representative last week, upon news that her case was being investigated. Her 2008 bronze is now going to Kazakhstan’s Olga Rypakova.
Devetzi was also handed a four-year ban from competition, which will have no effect since she retired in 2009 following a different ban for refusing to give a drug-test sample. In late 2010 she announced she intended to return to the sport in 2011, so the IAAF activated the two-year ban until December 8, 2012, thus effectively ruling her out of London 2012.
The 40-year-old former athlete Piyi Devetzi is likely to refer her case to a sports tribunal. Her silver medal from the Athens 2004 Olympics is not affected.
I heard on Greek TV the other day that Devetzi’s sample was frozen all these years and was tested again as new technology makes more accurate findings.
PS Sample from 2008? Something like the Greek tax office: they froze for so many years and now new technology (registration and e-surveillance) makes retrospective controls and retroactive stripping of assets possible and … :p