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Russia - State sponsored doping scandal

Harmonica

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the guardian

Russia could be banned from competing at the Rio Olympics after a damning report lifted the lid on a state-sponsored doping cover-up involving Vladimir Putin’s right-hand man, the Russian intelligence services and top sports officials.

The International Olympic Committee’s executive board will discuss the results of the report by the Canadian law professor Richard McLaren in a teleconference on Tuesday.

McLaren said he had found convincing evidence that the Russian ministry of sport hid hundreds of positive drugs tests among its athletes in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics, as well as during the World Athletics Championships in Moscow in 2013 and the Winter Olympics in Sochi a year later.


An Olympics ban for all Russia participants seems the only obvious punishment. Anything short of that will taint all events that they compete in. They are even covering up paralympic doping. Putin of course will blame this on CIA or other conspiracy but of course that is his answer to everything.
 


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I really believe there are very few top athletes in any country who are not doping. To compete at the very top you have no choice. Its time to tackle the problem properly. Just don't think there is the appetite to do so.
 

Harmonica

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I really believe there are very few top athletes in any country who are not doping. To compete at the very top you have no choice. Its time to tackle the problem properly. Just don't think there is the appetite to do so.
There will always be certain sports (see weight lifting graph above) which have more to gain from doping. The difference in Russia is it state sponsored from the highest levels. They even got he FSB involved to compromise Wada licence laboratory (there are only 34 worldwide). Clearly their results prior to Sochi Winter Olympics were so bad that their government decided they had to engage in widespread cheating to save face.
 

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I really believe there are very few top athletes in any country who are not doping. To compete at the very top you have no choice. Its time to tackle the problem properly. Just don't think there is the appetite to do so.
Nearly a quarter of the all the gold medals we have 'won' at the Olympics have been under very suspicious circumstances.
 

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IMAGINE THE MOST stereotypically Russian way an Olympic doping scandal could play out. Are you thinking sketchy FSB agents? Passing urine samples back and forth through a hole in a wall … hidden behind a cabinet in a laboratory? And everything kinda sorta maybe ties back to Putin? Because then you’d be absolutely right.

This morning, the Court of Arbitration for Sport made a ruling on Russia’s cartoonish state-sponsored skullduggery, which has been going on since 2010: It upheld the International Association of Athletic Federations’ ban on Russian track and field athletes in the Rio Olympics

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And this scandal seems an appropriate place for the IOC to draw that line. Look at what happened to East German athletes in the 1970s. “At the nadir, doping accounted for 17 percent of the medals won in women’s competitions,” says Noland. “There was no informed consent. You now have high rates of birth defects amongst East German athletes. The stuff they gave them had incredible, multi-generational physiological damage. I regard this as really evil.” Whether you think that doping is inherently bad or the future of athletic excellence, state-sponsored doping is not in the spirit of the games.

What Would Happen if the Olympics Banned Russia? - Wired.com

Is criminality okay?
 


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