Category Archives: Drug Cheats

‘Mockery Of The Games’: U.S. Official, Swimmers Intensify Feud Over Russian Doping

Yevgeny Rylov (center) of Russia won gold, Kliment Kolesnikov (left) of Russia won silver, and Ryan Murphy of the United States won bronze in the men’s 100-meter backstroke swimming event in Tokyo.

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Russia Fires Back at Olympics for Correcting Ukraine Map to Include Crimea

The Olympics have frequently become a battleground for countries’ territorial claims. This week, amid the opening ceremonies, have been no exception. Russia on Friday fired back at the International Olympic Committee after it appeared to change a map previously showing the Crimean Peninsula as separate from Ukraine hours before the games’ opening ceremonies were scheduled to begin. “This is a

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In Doping Scandal, Russia Opts For ‘Honorable Surrender’

Moscow has a reputation for fiercely defending its standing on the world stage, but in a years-long and embarrassing doping scandal in sports, it’s playing a different game. Russia is banned from the Tokyo Olympics this summer, a ruling stemming from revelations in 2015 that officials covered up widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs among its athletes. Instead of going on

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Neutral Olympic Athletes From Russia Told to Deflect ‘Provocative’ Questions

Russian athletes competing under a neutral flag have been instructed to avoid answering “provocative” political questions at the Tokyo Olympics that will open to mostly empty stands next week, the Vedomosti business daily reported Wednesday. “No comment” is the most commonly recommended response on issues ranging from Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the Russian doping scandal to the Black Lives

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Russia to Miss Tokyo Olympics After Doping Ban Halved

Sport’s highest court on Thursday banned Russia from international sports competitions for two years including the Tokyo Olympics. The Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) ruling halved a four-year ban for systematic doping imposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Under the landmark decision which also excludes the country from the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, Russians will still be allowed

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Former Athletics Chief Guilty of Russian Doping Corruption

16 September – The Moscow Times The former head of athletics’ world governing body, Lamine Diack, was on Wednesday found guilty by a French court of corruption in covering up Russian doping cases and sentenced to four years in prison, two of which were suspended. Diack, an 87-year-old Senegalese who led the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), now renamed

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Russian Athletes Should Face ‘Blanket Ban’ in Tokyo, Says Whistleblower

Doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov says no Russian athletes should be allowed to take part in next year’s postponed Tokyo Olympics. The World Anti-Doping Agency in December banned Russia for four years from major global sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar over manipulated doping data. Russia is appealing the ban at the Court

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World Athletics Fines Russia $10M, Caps Neutral Russian Athletes at 10

World Athletics on Thursday fined Russia’s track and field federation $10 million for breaching anti-doping rules and capped at 10 the number of Russians allowed to compete as neutrals at the Tokyo Olympics. The system of allowing Russian athletes to take part as Authorized Neutral Athletes, World Athletics president Sebastian Coe warned, “will be suspended if $5 million of the $10

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Use 1992 Yugoslavia Precedent for Russians in Tokyo – Historian

Clean Russian athletes should be allowed to compete in individual events at this year’s Tokyo Games under the banner of “Independent Olympic Participants,” historian Bill Mallon suggests. It is a designation used for athletes from Yugoslavia in 1992, and one that Mallon thinks offers a good road map of how to issue Russia a meaningful punishment without imposing a blanket ban. The 1992

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Russia confirms it will appeal 4-year Olympic ban

MOSCOW — Russia has confirmed that it will appeal against its four-year Olympic ban for manipulating doping data. The Russian anti-doping agency, known as RUSADA, sent a formal letter Friday disagreeing with the sanctions imposed earlier this month by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The case is now heading to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Next year’s Olympics in Tokyo

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NATO states call shots at WADA & use doping claims to contain Russia – Lavrov

The persecution of Russia by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is politically motivated as the body remains in the hands of NATO member states who won’t shy away from any means to harm Moscow, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov has said. The decisions at WADA are made by just over a dozen people, Lavrov pointed out, specifying that they represent “11

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Putin Says WADA 4-Year Doping Ban Not Justified

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) four-year ban for Russia from international sporting competition over doping was not justified. He said bans should be handed out on an individual, not collective, basis. Speaking at an annual press conference, Putin said the decision was political and not fair. “If the vast majority of our athletes are clean,

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Russia Banned From Olympics for Four Years Over Doping Scandal

Russia was banned from the Olympics and world championships in a range of sports for four years on Monday after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) ruled to punish it for manipulating laboratory data, a WADA spokesman said. WADA’s executive committee took the decision after it concluded that Moscow had tampered with laboratory data by planting fake evidence and deleting files linked

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Russia doping: Athletes wait in fear of fresh world ban

Russia has become the master of denial in recent years. From military incursions to hacking to assassinations, the Kremlin has sworn blind it’s not involved. But now the country’s athletes are waiting nervously, facing sweeping sanctions for another doping-linked scandal, and senior officials are keeping their silence. There is one, striking exception. Yuri Ganus has been warning for months that

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Russia, Athletic Coaches Must Be Fired, Top Anti-Doping Official Says

Russian sport needs a “serious change” in its leadership starting with the firing of all its athletics coaches, the country’s top anti-doping official said Friday as it braces for a four-year Olympic ban for flouting anti-doping rules. Russian sport could enter four more years of gloom on Monday when the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)’s executive committee convenes in Lausanne to rule

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Russia’s Sports Officials Cry Foul as WADA Eyes 4-Year Olympic Ban

Russian sports officials on Tuesday spoke out against a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) committee’s recommendations that the country be banned from the Olympics for four years, saying this was overly harsh and would hurt sport there. Russia could miss out on the Tokyo Olympics next summer and world championships in a wide range of sports. WADA’s independent Compliance Review Committee

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WADA Committee Calls For 4-Year Russia Olympic Ban

Russia should be hit with a four-year Olympic ban and barred from all world championships for the manipulation of data retrieved from a tainted Moscow laboratory, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Monday. The recommendations were made by WADA’s independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) and will be put to the executive committee at meetings in Paris on Dec. 9. In

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Russia Again Faces Olympic Ban After Non-Compliant Recommendation

Russia is again facing a possible Olympic ban after the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Compliance Review Committee (CRC) recommended on Friday that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) be ruled non-compliant. The CRC put forward the recommendation after WADA’s Intelligence and Investigations Committee found evidence of manipulation of data retrieved from a tainted Moscow laboratory in January. A report along with the recommendation has

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