As news filters in that team Russia will not be banned from the Olympic games next month, let’s recall how Russian President Vladimir Putin assessed the doping process, as nothing more than a politicisation of sport.
The Duran noted last week that Vladimir Putin properly called out WADA’s intentions, and warned of the dangerous consequences that will result from another failed US driven foreign policy initiative…
“We see a dangerous throwback to political interference in sport. Yes, the form of such an intervention has changed, but the essence is the same: to make sport an instrument of geopolitical pressure and create a negative image of countries and nations.”
Putin, referring to the boycotts that took place during the Cold War said that the Olympic movement, which unites humanity, “can once again be on the verge of splitting” as the result of WADA’s report.
“So-called doping scandals” have been used to get in the way of fair sports, Putin said, adding that efforts are being made to apply sanctions related to the alleged use of forbidden substances even on”clean” athletes.
Referring to the former head of Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory, Grigory Rodchenkov and his scandalous interview with the New York Times, the president said that Rodchenkov’s own alleged involvement in doping issues throws his testimonies related to the current affair into question.
A criminal case alleging the violation of anti-doping laws was launched against him in 2012, Putin said, adding that one of Rodchenkov’s “close relatives” who worked under his auspices has been found guilty in Russia “for trafficking of anabolic steroids.”
Sputnik News further noted that Russian President Putin said:
…that Russia will carry out an investigation into the doping scandal to prevent doping violations in sports.
Putin said that the WADA must provide more thorough and objective data based on concrete facts to assist the Russian investigation into the doping allegations.
He said that Russian officials mentioned in the WADA report as direct perpetrators of doping violations will be suspended until the investigation is completed.
“Recent events, the uneasy atmosphere around the international sports and the Olympic movement remind the beginning of the 80s of the last century,” Putin said.
According to the Russian president, in the 1980s, many Western states cited Soviet operation in Afghanistan to boycott the Olympic Games in Moscow. Four years later, the USSR responded with a boycott of the Los Angeles Olympics, he said.
“As a result, many Soviet and American atheles, as well as atheles from other countries involved in the campaign of mutual boycotts lost the opportunity of leaving their mark in history of international sport, while years of work and hard training went down the drain,” he said.
He added that athletes suffered due to political tensions.
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