Number of stripped medals at the Summer Olympics per year and by color 1968-2020

Number of stripped medals at the Summer Olympics by year and color from 1968 to 2020

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Release date

August 2021



Survey time period

1968 to 2021

Supplementary notes

The data was compiled using a variety of sources, such as these articles from the New York Times and the Huffington Post. Data for more recent tournaments was compiled from a number of official press releases from the International Olympic Committee and World Anti-Doping Agency, and various news outlets.

*Notable non-drug related cases:
1992 - Ibragim Samadov of the Unified Team threw his bronze medal to the floor in protest during the ceremony; this was because the athlete's weight was used to decide the outcome, and Samadov was 0.05kg heavier than his opponents - Samadov would have won the gold if the traditional tie breaker had been used, as he lifted his weight on his second attempt while the others did so on their third attempts.
2000 - Chinese female gymnastic team stripped of bronze medal after one competitor was found to be underage (Dong Fangxiao was just 13 years old)
2008 - Ara Abrahamian, an Armenian-Swedish wrestler, placed his bronze medal in the middle of the ring and walked away, in protest at controversial decisions made by the judges in the semi-finals.

**As of May, 2020.

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