Russian doping: to avoid WADA testing, athletes go the extra mile

Russian doping: to avoid WADA testing, athletes go the extra mile

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has released a lengthy report on Russian doping. It detailed how Russian athletes went the extra mile not in competing but in fooling WADA doping control officers (DCO).

The Comical Evasions

As WADA strove to weed out doping athletes, they were met with evasion and delaying tactics. There was an instance where an athlete was caught hiding a pre-collected urine sample. The cheating was caught when the sample leaked onto the floor missing the container vessel. Said athlete then tried to bribe the DCO before finally submitting a sample which tested positive for doping later on, Fox Sports reports.

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There was another case wherein an under-18 hockey team mysteriously withdrew entirely. Two cyclists also retired right before the testing period. Meanwhile, athletes who were supposed to compete in the Russian National Walking Championship disappeared before the race, thus missing their testing too.

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Aside from outright evasion, DCOs also faced threats and hardships in trying to locate and making athletes submit samples.

Official Russian Doping Results

Out of the mandatory re-testing of all Russian athletes, 73 athlete samples could not be collected. There were also 736 tests declined or cancelled. 52 samples also showed unfavorable results proving Russian doping still exists among athletes.

Russian Outcry

Meanwhile, sports minister Vitaly Mutko has already shown defiance against the looming Russian ban to the Olympics.

“It seems to me it is necessary to start treating it from a legal point of view,” Mutko commented via BBC.

As the Russian sports minister considers the legal path, 13 former Olympians has written to IAAF, campaigning to let their clean athletes compete.

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“The fraud of dishonest people should not jeopardize the career of innocent fellow athletes,” they said.

Consequences for Russia

WADA will not decide on whether Russia will be able to compete in Rio Olympics. However, their findings and report will bear a significant weight in the decision-making of International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).

IAAF is scheduled to meet in Vienna on June 17 to decide whether they will allow Russian athletes to compete in Rio.

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