altSEPTEMBER 4 - THE silver and bronze medallists in the men's hammer throw at the Beijing Olympics are being investigated for doping offences by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as first reported on insidethegames yesterday.


Belarusian athletes Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan tested positive for traces of testosterone after the hammer final on August17, it has been confirmed.


An IOC disciplinary commission will meet at the end of the month to hear the case.


The Belarus Athletics Federation said it had received no documents or confirmation of any positive tests by its athletes.


Apokeswoman Anastasiya Marinina for the Belarus team said: "How can we comment on what we do not have?"


"Devyatovskiy and Tsikhan deny all the accusations.


"Every person can have different level of testosterone in his body."


Devyatovskiy said today that he stayed in Beijing for four days after his event and no Olympic official contacted him with suspicions about his doping test.


He said: "Even I don't know what to say.


I'm convinced that there is nothing banned in my body, and Ivan shouldn't have anything either.




"Every organism contains it after all."


If the two are found guilty of doping, they would be disqualified and stripped of their medals.


Devyatovskiy's silver would go to Krisztian Pars of Hungary, while Tsikhan's bronze would go to Japan 's Koji Murofushi.


The gold medal was won by Primoz Kozmus of Slovenia .


The 31-year-old Devyatovskiy faces a lifetime ban if found guilty of a second doping offence.


He served a two-year drug suspension from 2000-2002 after testing positive for anabolic steroids.


It would be a first offence for the 32-year-old Tsikhan, a three-time world champion and silver medallist at the 2004 Athens Olympics.


The Belarusians would be the seventh and eighth athletes caught doping at the Beijing Olympics.


In addition, six horses also tested positive for banned substances.