Russia’s Doping Scandal Continues as 2016 Summer Olympics Approach

Russian athletes and the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) have failed to overturn their a suspension from the 2016 Olympic Games. The reason for the ban had to do with doping and the number of athletes that tested positive for drugs. Only a few men and women could compete in the Olympics being held in Rio.

Athletes replied by calling it “a funeral for athletics,” and a “crime against the sport,” yet few admitted guilt when testing positive for doping. The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) takes the results of its drug testing seriously. That’s why it made the ruling that it did against Russia.

The Russian athletes eligible for competing in Rio as neutrals must be willing to submit drug samples for doping outside their homeland and also meet certain criteria set up by the Cas panel. The IAAF banned Russian athletes from competing in track and field events because of doping in November of 2015.

Russian athletes were able to pull off the scandal at first by submitting a clean urine sample that was then frozen. Then they continue doping in preparation of competition. When asked to give another sample of urine, they did. Those samples were smuggled out of the laboratory where their tamper-proof lids were removed carefully and the clean urine samples, free from doping, were submitted as legitimate test results.

Russian athletes must now petition and prove their drug-free status to be able to participate in the games.

This isn’t the first scandal for the 2016 Games; just weeks ago, the Brazilian lab designated to conduct drug testing in Rio was suspended; in early June, the Russian track and field team was banned.

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