Widespread Doping Leads to Ban of Russian Track & Field Teams from 2016 Olympics

Sorry, Russia track and field fans: Russian Olympic athletes are banned from the games in Rio de Janeiro due to doping allegations.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) note that although progress has been made, the Russian Athletic Federation (RUSAF) has not met conditions allowing it to be reinstated into the IAAF.

Russian athletes wishing to participate in the upcoming Olympic Games call the ruling unjust and a violation of human rights because they did not test positive for doping. They are taking their cases to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in hopes of lifting restrictions off of them.

Athletes who don’t participate in doping and have clean records can still enter international competitions. They cannot, however, do so under the flag of the Russian Federation. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) made allegations in November 2015 against Russian. The IAAF then suspended the country and its athletes from participating in sporting events until conditions are met.

Doping has cost many athletes their careers. Lance Armstrong denied allegations that he used performance-enhancing substances prior to racing but tests proved otherwise. Russia’s Maria Sharapova is serving a two-year ban for doping in the sport of tennis. Drug and alcohol abuse ruins lives and prevents worthy athletes from competing in events like the Olympic Games because of bans like this.

If you or someone you know is abusing drugs or alcohol, don’t hesitate to get drug and alcohol testing. It is essential to address this problem as soon as possible and get treatment. Find your nearest Test Smartly Labs to learn more about our drug and alcohol testing services.


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