Russia’s dishonest ways see some athletes banned from Olympics

Russia’s track and field athletes have been told ‘don’t come’ to this year’s Rio Olympic Games after a ban preventing

Russia’s track and field athletes have been told ‘don’t come’ to this year’s Rio Olympic Games after a ban preventing them from taking part was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) overnight.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) decided to ban the country’s track and field team from the Olympics after a report revealed intrinsic doping in the country. The Russian Athletics Federation appealed this decision in June.

However, CAS has dismissed the Russian appeal and the IAAF has rejected 67 applications from Russian athletes who had hoped they could compete at Rio under a ‘neutral’ flag.

The decision has been backed by high profile athletes, including the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt, who believe the ban sends a strong message.

The 100m and 200m champion told The Guardian</em>, “This will scare a lot of people and send a strong message that the sport is serious about cleaning up.”

Bolt is of the strong belief that if an athlete is caught doing the wrong thing then action should be taken.

“If they feel like banning the whole team is the right action, then I am all for it,” Bolt says.

The International Olympic Committee is still considering a ban on the entire Russian team due to doping.

What do you think about the action taken against Russia? Do you think the decision puts other athletes on notice to clean up their act?

  1. Robert Haile  

    Not just track athletes, tennis, and maybe more, the whole team?

  2. Anyone who still believes that sport and politics are separate issues, should think again
    First I would invite everyone to read the Olympic Ideals’, and in particular those relating to promotion of sport and of sports ethics and fair play.
    While reading, please recall that none of the 67 Russian athletes have ever tested positive for drugs. Fair play? Ethics?
    Next it should be remembered that the report upon which the IOC/IAAF has relied is a preliminary report; Russia was not asked to comment or to provide evidence and the report itself does not provided any evidence of wrong doing but gives validity to unsustained ‘facts’ from unnamed sources.
    A third point, if the report is to be believed, is that the Russian Drug Testing laboratories were deeply involved in the problem however it is clear that the World Drug Authority were not providing monitoring or oversight of the Russian laboratories. Who is at fault here? The Russian laboratories or the WDA?
    Another problem is that the basic catalyst for this issue was a breakdown of drug data that. according to which method of analysis is used, highlighted that Turkey, not Russia was the worst offender, and that other countries (including the US) had significant drug issues. Only Russia was investigated.
    I wonder if this process would have been different if the drug of choice..Meldonium.. had not been produced by Eastern European laboratories and was not available in the US. There are claims that a similar drug is available within the US but is not on the banned drugs list, Perhaps I should point out that Meldonium was only included on the banned list as at 1 Jan 2016, which may mean this entire issue is being retrospectively applied.
    I wonder also what the reaction of messrs Bolt and Coe would be if Jamaica or the UK teams (and therefore themselves) were banned from competing because many of their fellow athletes have tested positive to banned drugs, My guess is they would feel (justifiably) angry at being banned because of the actions of their countrymen/women… unjustified punishment of the innocent
    The IOF, IAAF and the WDA should hang their heads in shame for this clearly political decision.
    Still, the money keeps rolling in……

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