International Agency Calls For Ban On All Russian Athletes Competing In World Events Due To “Deeply Rooted Culture of Cheating On All Levels”

Russian Flagthumb_needle_blood_inject_analisi_del_sangue_archi_01The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has issued a blockbuster report that calls for Russia to be banned from international athletics for doping violations and a “deeply rooted culture of cheating at all levels” within Russian athletics. We have previously discussed the lax treatment of cheating by countries like China in international sports. WADA has not only bucked that trend but criticized the long-ridiculed the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for its “inexplicable laissez-fair policy.” Bravo, WADA, Bravo.

WADA also calls upon the IAAF to ban five athletes and five coaches for life. The most shocking disclosure is that Russia destroyed 1,400 samples “intentionally and maliciously” even after a plea to preserve them. WADA says that the Russian government was directly involved in the destruction and cover up. It further suggests that some of the 2012 Olympic athletes from Russia should not have been competing and that some of the medals won by Russia may have been due to doping.

The report by WADA President Dick Pound refers to “corruption and bribery practices at the highest levels of international athletics but singles out Russia for its calculated efforts to cheat and then destroy evidence.

Pound told a press conference: “For the 2016 Olympics our recommendation is that the Russian Federation is suspended. One of our hopes is that they will volunteer that so they can undertake the remedial work needed.” Hmmm, Vladimir Putin is not exactly the remedial type of guy, but hope strings eternal.

As with the FIFA scandal, international sporting organization remain a cesspool and the cheating by countries has long been documented. Yet, WADA should be credited with taking a stand and calling out international sporting figures for their complicity in this corrupt system. I do not have high hopes in any dealings with the Olympic officials or international sporting officials — any more than I did with the FIFA. It took a U.S. criminal investigation to force FIFA to account. No such action is likely against the Russian sporting establishment. The losers are the athletes who lost to doped up competitors in their one shot for Olympic glory. The athletes are often treated as mere pawns in international rivalries and politics.

WADA has thrown down the gauntlet and we will now see if international sporting officials have a modicum of integrity. It would seem obvious that the destruction of samples should be treated as a major violation in itself that warrants suspension. Otherwise, international sport will continue to rely on the good graces and motivations of countries like Russia.

24 thoughts on “International Agency Calls For Ban On All Russian Athletes Competing In World Events Due To “Deeply Rooted Culture of Cheating On All Levels””

  1. University of Missouri –

    The inmates have taken over the asylum.

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    America is not ruled by campus anarchists who are organized by outside communists.

    The complainers should have been arrested for disorderly conduct, disturbance of the peace, bullying, harassment and conspiracy with outside/off-campus forces to disrupt.

    They should have been arrested for aggressive protests-as-attack or free-speech-as-attack. Using freedom of assembly and freedom of speech as weapons constitutes abuse of the Constitution and is criminal.

    Affirmative action is the only reason the complainers are on the campus.

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    The Missouri football team is an unranked bunch of losers whose resignation would benefit the college.

    Missouri could field a new team within 24 hours, and probably have an equal or better chance of winning. Thousands of athletes would join that team in a minute.

    There’s a thought. A college football association with actual legitimate “students” on the team.


    What if college football players were required to be real students with real grades?



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    “If all earthly power were given me,” said Lincoln in a speech delivered in Peoria, Illinois, on October 16, 1854, “I should not know what to do, as to the existing institution [of slavery]. My first impulse would be to free all the slaves, and send them to Liberia, to their own native land.” “…he asked whether freed blacks should be made “politically and socially our equals?” “My own feelings will not admit of this,” he said, “and [even] if mine would, we well know that those of the great mass of white people will not … We can not, then, make them equals.”

  2. Next the football team at Ol Mizzou are going to go on strike and cost the school a million dollars if they do not play a football game. This strike is over the fact that Jay Nixon should resign for sitting down the National Guard the night of the Grand Jury No True Verdict announcement in the Michael Brown case. The looters and arsonists then burned down all the convenience stores on West Florissant. It is Nixon’s fault. He needs to resign now. Jay is the Governor by the way. I think that the power of the striking football players has not been played out with merely the resignation of the President of the University (boss of all four campuses) or the resignation of the Chancellor of Mizzou. It is time for Governor Nixon to resign.

  3. International Agency Calls For Ban On All Russian Athletes Competing In World Events Due To “Deeply Rooted Culture of Cheating On All Levels”

    To use your broad brush to tar only Russia and Russian athletes accused of cheating while competing in international sporting events is another example of a blatantly obvious “hit” piece that attempts to smear the one (Russia) for the sins of the many.

    Please take the time to peruse the links provided below to gain a better understanding that cheating via chemicals is not an isolated phenomena found only in Russia but a plague that infests all international/domestic sporting events and all nations.

    The paragraphs below were excerpted from:

    List of doping cases in athletics

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The use of performance-enhancing drugs (doping) is prohibited within the sport of athletics. Athletes who are found to have used such banned substances, either through a positive drugs test, the biological passport system, an investigation or public admission, receive a competition ban for a length of time which reflects the severity of the infraction. Athletes who are found to have banned substances in their possession, or who tamper with (or refuse to submit to) drug testing can also receive bans from the sport. Short competitive bans are also given to athletes who test positive for prohibited recreational drugs or minor stimulants which serve little performance-enhancing effects for competitors in athletics.

    Click the link for list of blood doping cases in sports:

    Doping at the Olympic Games

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    What follows is a list of all the athletes that have tested positive for a banned substance either during or after an Olympic Games in which they competed. Any medals listed were revoked by the International Olympic Commission (IOC). In 1967 the IOC banned the use of performance-enhancing drugs, instituted a Medical Commission, and created a list of banned substances.[15] Mandatory testing began at the following years Summer and Winter games.[15]

    Click the link for list of Olympic blood doping cases:

    The common denominator with athletes and blood doping is that the cheating is not a nation specific phenomena but rather international in scale.

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