Doping in the Olympics
Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
Even the Olympic Games are affected by the charges of doping and the country that is most affected by it is Russia, where such practice is said to be state-run.
Because of the reports, undoubtedly validated, Russia is now facing the possibility of being banned from participation in the international competitions due to start next month, or August 5, to be exact, an Agence France Presse report said.
Meanwhile, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, considered the international sports tribunal, has rejected the appeal of Russian athletes against the ban, despite pressures from other sports group who, naturally fear the effects on the competition between them and athletes under dope. There is even a possibility that a blanket ban will be imposed on Russia because of this.
As expected, Russia has reacted strongly, knowing what a strong delegation it is capable of sending to the games. Its sports minister has slammed the decision as “politicized and illegal”. But the Court of Arbitration on Sports, or CAS, said the appeal of the decision by the Russian Olympic Committee and 67 of its athletes, had been dismissed unanimously by the body, basing their decision on an International Association of Athletics Federation ban.
This is the ban that covers all international competitions and an investigation had been held by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The probe had reported that there was widespread state-sponsored doping.
Russia, meanwhile, has denied any involvement by the state in the doping. The IAAF, however, said the judgement that came out yesterday, has created “a level playing field for athletes”.*