Doping and sports - 1992 Olympics


In May 1992 German canoe specialist Detlef Hofmann (1963 -) tested positive for testosterone and was excluded from the Olympic selection.


Officially no athletes were caught doping during the 1992 Winter Olympics. In 2015 however, biathlete Sergei Tarasov (1965-) confessed that the entire Russian biathlon team had undergone a blood transfusion during the Olympiad. For him it almost ended in disaster, because he had to be rushed to the hospital where they saved his life.


In the preparations before the Games Astrid Strauss (1968-) was found to have a testosterone level of 12.6, more than twice the admissible 6.0. For which she was suspended for a long time and therefore could not defend her Olympic title 800m freestyle of four years earlier. She herself explained the high testosteron level was due to consuming a large strawberry punch bowl.

Track and Field

British sprinter Jason Livingston (1971-) was event sent home before the start of the Barcelona Olympics because steroid traces were found in his urine. First he screamed out his innocence, but later he confessed the use and returned to competition after four years of suspension. In 1999 he ran a personal record of 200m with 21.39.

Nigerian Charity Opara (1972-), medal candidate in the 400m, was not allowed to participate in the Games after a positive test. She was suspended for four years.

Also compatriot and jumper Chioma Ajunwa (1970-) delivered a positive pee and was forced to watch from the sidelines for four years. In 1996 she made an unparalleled comeback. At the Atlanta Games she won the jump with 7m12 and defeated the Italian Fiona May (1969-) and the towering American favorite Jacky Joyner-Kersee (1962-).

Russian Madina Biktagirova (1964-) finished fourth in the marathon. After arrival, the urine test indicated that she had done so with norefidrine and she was disqualified. She was the first female marathon runner to test positive.

American shot-putter Bonnie L. Dasse (1959-) was caught during the Games on the use of Clenbutorol and therefore excluded from further participation.

Also fellow countryman and hammer-thrower Jud Logan (1959-) had used Clenbuterol and he too was sent home.

Nijolé Medvedeva-Bluskité (1960-) from Lithuania took part in the long jump, but had to leave the competition after a positive test.

In an unannounced test out of competition in May, American discus thrower Kami Keshmiri (1969-), two years previously a winner of the golden medal at the Universiade in Duisburg, reacted positively to methanolone, which meant he was not allowed to go to the Games.


Chinese Wu Dan (1968-) was caught using strychnine, after which she had to leave the Games. Four years earlier she had helped to win the bronze medal and in 1996 she finished fifth with the Chinese team.


Because he delivered a positive test on anabolics, weightlifter Jürgen Matzku (1966-) was excluded from the Olympic Austrian selection.

The British Olympic Association suspended Andrew Saxton (1967-) and Andrew Davies (1967-) for participation in the Olympics because traces of Clenbuterol had been found at both weightlifters