“This is 117 cheats who are not going to affect the results of the clean athletes,” said Rogge.
The IOC pledged its most extensive Olympic anti-doping program, taking almost 6,000 urine and blood samples, including no-notice tests before athletes compete.
Rogge cautioned that some samples were still being analyzed and “we might hear something tomorrow or the day after. Hopefully not, but you never know.”
Boxing: Hometown favorite Joshua takes gold for Britain
With a low rumble and high-pitched screams, thousands of Anthony Joshua’s hometown fans stood up nearly in unison before the final round of the final bout of the Olympics.
Joshua faced a three-point deficit to the defending Olympic champion super heavyweight, a daunting deficit in amateur boxing.
He had just three minutes to somehow finish these games on top of the podium. And just like so many British athletes in these remarkable home Olympics, the north Londoner got it done.
Joshua roared back from that late deficit and won a tiebreaker victory over Italy’s Roberto Cammarelle on Sunday, grabbing Britain’s third boxing gold medal at home. He managed to keep his eyes dry on the medal stand, but the imposing brawler from Finchley acknowledged he couldn’t have hung on without hometown help.
“I felt the hearts of all these people around this nation,” Joshua said. “That medal represents my journey, and the support from the team. It’s much more than a gold medal. It’s a life experience.”
With the medal around his neck and a flag around three sets of broad shoulders, Joshua later posed for photos with Lennox Lewis and Audley Harrison, two icons of British boxing and previous winners of super heavyweight gold.
Joshua’s big finish in the tournament’s glamour division allowed him to match the gold medals won by bantamweight Luke Campbell and women’s flyweight Nicola Adams, part of Britain’s five-medal haul from the London Olympics that included Freddie Evans’ welterweight silver from Sunday.
Water Polo: U.S. men fall, end disappointing tourney in 8th
The U.S. men’s water polo team ended its dismal Olympic campaign with a thud.
The Americans, who entered the games with hopes of improving on their silver medal four years ago in Beijing, closed play in London on Sunday with their fifth straight loss, falling to Australia 10-9 to drop to eighth place.
“Not a very good way to finish, for sure,” coach Terry Schroeder said.