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WADA could not stop Russian swimmers from winning six gold medals at the 2018 FINA World Championships in China

WADA board of directors is predominantly governed by US, Canadian, British and Australian “experts”.

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Sports should not be politicized, yet global sports have increasingly become an arena of global politics. In spite of the “Russian doping scandal”, instigated by WADA to block Russian athletes from participating in international competitions, Russian sports teams were very successful in 2018, winning 146 gold medals. To name just a few, the Russian swimmers won six gold medals at the FINA World Swimming Championships, which took place in the Chinese city of Hangzhou from December 11 to 16, 2018. Meanwhile, WADA experts visited Moscow twice to inspect Russia’s former anti-doping laboratory. The inspection results have not been published yet. Nevertheless, Russia wants to take part in the 2020 Olympics, and Russian sports authorities are proposing financial awards for Russian athletes who will bring back gold.

Olga Golodets, Russian Deputy Prime Minister for sports, noted that Russian athletes won 146 gold medals in 2018. She said at a board meeting of the Sports Ministry that “the outgoing year of 2018 was a success for Russian sports. Russian athletes won at various international tournaments a total of 146 gold medals, a brilliant result” (TASS, 21.12.2018).

In November and December 2018, so-called experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) visited Moscow twice to inspect the anti-doping laboratory in Moscow. The five-person delegation of experts, led by Dr. Jose Antonio Pascual who is a research scientist and academic in Barcelona, arrived in Moscow on December 17 to access data of the Moscow anti-doping lab, as required by WADA’s Executive Committee decision of September 20.

They retrieved data on doping samples analysis of Russian athletes for the period between 2011 and 2015, kept at the former facility of the Moscow anti-doping lab. The results have not been published yet, and WADA announced that their “experts” want to come back to Moscow for a third time at the end of the year. Granting access to LIMS (the Laboratory Information Management System) data is one of the key conditions for the reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency RUSADA (TASS, 21.12.2018).

It needs to be noted that the WADA board of directors is predominantly governed by US, Canadian, British and Australian “experts”, with a few other Euopeans sprinkled in between. No Russians and Chinese are included, although Russia and China together form the greatest landmass on earth and have the largest population of the globe, if their numbers are combined. Maybe WADA should reconsider and restructure its board of directors for the future, including “experts” from the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China as well?

The last six gold medals in 2018 were brought home by Russian swimmers taking part in the FINA Swimming World Championships in Hangzhou, China. On the 13th of December, Kirill Prigoda won gold in men’s 200m breaststroke. He covered the distance in 2 minutes 0.16 seconds, setting a new world record (TASS, 13.12.2018). Kirill Gennadievich Prigoda was born in Saint Petersburg, on the 29th of December 1995. His father was a four-times Olympic medalist in swimming, his mother became world champion in 200 m breaststroke. Besides swimming, the young man studied Strategic Management at Peter the Great Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University.

The 14th of December was a very lucky day for Russia, as three Russian swimmers were able to grab gold in China. Kliment Kolesnikov won the 100 medley, swimming the distance in 50.63 seconds (TASS, 14.12.2018). Kliment Andreyevich Kolesnikov was born in Moscow, on the 9th of July 2000. The Russian swimmer won three gold medals at the 2018 European Championships and established a new 50m backstroke world record. He was chosen the flag bearer for Russia at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he received six gold medals.

On the 14th of December, Vladimir Morozov was also successful in Hangzhou. He won gold in the 50m freestyle, clocking the distance in 20.33 seconds (TASS, 14.12.2018). Vladimir Viktorovich Morozov was born in Novosibirsk, on the 16th of June 1992. At the FINA Swimming World Championships in Istanbul, he earned gold in the 50m and 100m freestyle.

In 2016, WADA harrassed him, naming the young Russian swimmer as an athlete who had “benefited from the disappearing positive methodology as part of a Russian state-run doping programme”. So FINA declared him ineligible for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. Vladimir Morozov, however, appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which sided with him. On the 4th of August 2016, he was cleared by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to compete and took part in the Rio Summer Olympics (swimswam.com, 04.08.2016).

The third very successful Russian swimmer in China was Evgeny Rylov. He even won gold twice in single events, on the 14th and 16th of December. He was first in men’s 50m backstroke with 22.58 seconds, and two days later in men’s 200m backstroke with a time of 1:47.02 (TASS, 14. 12. 2018 / 16.12.2018). The 22-year-old crowned his career with a third gold medal for the 4x50m medley relay, in which he took part. Evgeny Mikhailovich Rylov was born in Novotroitsk, on the 23rd of September 1996. He had already received three gold medals at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics in Nanjing. Another gold medal followed at the 2017 Fina World Championships in Budapest.

The sixth and last gold medal was brought home to Russia by four men who won the 4×50 medley relay in Hangzhou with a time of 1:30.54. Kliment Kolesnikov, Oleg Kostin, Evgeny Rylov and Mikhail Vekovishev participated in the winning quartet.

This goes to show that the Russian Federation will not be contained in sports by envious western countries. The human reservoir of talented young people is huge. They do not need doping to set world records. Sports training in Russia has a long, successful tradition. The former Soviet Union and now the Russian Federation was and remains one of the leading sports nations of the world.

To further ensure that young athletes will train hard, the Russian sports authorities are proposing financial awards for winning gold at the 2020 Olympics. “A Russian athlete winning gold at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo may be awarded by the government with a sum of four million rubles. The 2020 Summer Olympic Games will be held in Japan between July 24 and August 9, with a total of 339 sets of medals to be contested in 50 disciplines” (TASS, 21.12.2018).

Hopefully, Russia’s differences with WADA will be sorted out by then and young Russian talents will get a chance of competing in Tokyo.


Olivia Kroth: The journalist and author of four books lives in Moscow.

Her blog: https://olivia2010kroth.wordpress.com

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So sad!
Russia’s curler Krushelnitsky submits appeal with CAS against four-year suspension
Sport December 27, 2018
On February 19, the Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport opened a case against Russia’s curling athlete Alexander Krushelnitsky for a doping violation
http://tass.com/sport/1038227

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More sadness!

No evidence provided to prove Russian biathletes violated doping rules — ambassador
Sport December 15, 2018
The Austrian police earlier accused Russian biathletes and national team’s specialists of violating the anti-doping rules during the 2017 World Biathlon Championship in Hochfilzen

http://tass.com/sport/1036215

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All is well that ends well? Let’s hope so. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) continues its work with the Russian authorities to retrieve data on doping samples of Russian athletes for the period 2011-2015 stored at the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, WADA’s press service announced to TASS. Russia’s Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said on Saturday that the Russian authorities and WADA had agreed on the details of the transfer of data on test samples stored at the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory for the period of 2011-2015. Pursuant to WADA’s requirements for RUSADA’s reinstatement, Russia is due to provide the lab’s data to… Read more »

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Sir Craig Reedie, another British Secret Service member harassing Russia?

MOSCOW, January 1. /TASS/. World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Craig Reedie is disappointed over the organization’s failure to get the data of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory by the December 31 deadline, the WADA press office reported on its website on Tuesday.

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Macron cuts ski holiday short, vowing crack down on Yellow Vests (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the 18th consecutive week of Yellow Vests protests in Paris. Following last weeks lower participation, Saturday’s Yellow Vests in Paris gathered larger crowds, with various outbreaks of violence and rioting that has been blamed on extreme elements, who French authorities claim have infiltrated the movement.

“Act XVIII” of the protests has shown that the Yellow Vests have not given up. France’s Champs-Élysées boulevard was where most of the violence occurred, with the street being left in a pile of broken glass and flames.

One day after Paris was set ablaze, French President Emmanuel Macron cut his ski holiday short, returning to Paris and vowing to take “strong decisions” to prevent more violence.

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Paris awoke on Sunday to smouldering fires, broken windows and looted stores following the 18th consecutive Saturday of Yellow Vest protests.

Around 200 people were arrested according to BFM TV, while about 80 shops near the iconic Champs Elysees had been damaged and/or looted according to AFP, citing Champs Elysees committee president Jean-Noel Reinhardt.

The 373-year-old Saint Sulpice Roman Catholic church was set on fire while people were inside, however nobody was injured. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

The riots were so severe that French President Emmanuel Macron cut short a vacation at the La Mongie ski resort in the Hautes-Pyrénées following a three-day tour of East Africa which took him to Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Macron skied on Friday, telling La Depeche du Midi “I’m going to spend two-three days here to relax, to find landscapes and friendly faces,” adding “I’m happy to see the Pyrenees like that, radiant, although I know it was more difficult at Christmas” referring to the lack of snow in December.

In response to Saturday’s violence, Macron said over Twitter that “strong decisions” were coming to prevent more violence.

Macron said some individuals — dubbed “black blocs” by French police forces — were taking advantage of the protests by the Yellow Vest grassroots movement to “damage the Republic, to break, to destroy.” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Twitter that those who excused or encouraged such violence were complicit in it. –Bloomberg

The French President has family ties in the Hautes-Pyrénées, including Bagnères de Bigorre where his grandmother lived. He is a regular visitor to the region.

Emmanuel Macron (2ndL), head of the political movement In Marche! (Onwards!) And candidate for the 2017 presidential election, and his wife Brigitte Trogneux (L) have lunch April 12, 2017 (Reuters)

 

 

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Vesti calls out Pompeo on lying about Russia invading Ukraine [Video]

Secretary Pompeo displayed either stunning ignorance or a mass-attack of propaganda about what must be the most invisible war in history.

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After the 2014 Maidan revolution and the subsequent secessions of Lugansk and Donetsk in Ukraine, and after the rejoining of Crimea with its original nation of Russia, the Western media went on a campaign to prove the Russia is (/ was / was about to / had already / might / was thinking about / was planning to … etc.) invade Ukraine. For the next year or so, about every two weeks, internet news sources like Yahoo! News showed viewers pictures of tanks, box trucks and convoys to “prove” that the invasion was underway (or any of the other statuses confirming the possibilities above stated.) This information was doubtless provided to US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.

Apparently, Secretary Pompeo believed this ruse, or is being paid to believe this ruse because in a speech recently, he talked about it as fact:

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Russia’s annexation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine an attempt to gain access to Ukraine’s oil and gas reserves.

He stated this at IHS Markit’s CERAWeek conference in Houston, the USA, Reuters reports.

Pompeo urged the oil industry to work with the Trump administration to promote U.S. foreign policy interests, especially in Asia and in Europe, and to punish what he called “bad actors” on the world stage.

The United States has imposed harsh sanctions in the past several months on two major world oil producers, Venezuela and Iran.

Pompeo said the U.S. oil-and-gas export boom had given the United States the ability to meet energy demand once satisfied by its geopolitical rivals.

“We don’t want our European allies hooked on Russian gas through the Nord Stream 2 project, any more than we ourselves want to be dependent on Venezuelan oil supplies,” Pompeo said, referring to a natural gas pipeline expansion from Russia to Central Europe.

Pompeo called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine an attempt to gain access to the country’s oil and gas reserves.

Although the state-run news agency Vesti News often comes under criticism for rather reckless, or at least, extremely sarcastic propaganda at times, here they rightly nailed Mr. Pompeo’s lies to the wall and billboarded it on their program:

The news anchors even made a wisecrack about one of the political figures, Konstantin Zatulin saying as a joke that Russia plans to invade the United States to get its oil. They further noted that Secretary Pompeo is uneducated about the region and situation, but they offered him the chance to come to Russia and learn the correct information about what is going on.

To wit, Russia has not invaded Ukraine at all. There is no evidence to support such a claim, while there IS evidence to show that the West is actively interfering with Russia through the use of Ukraine as a proxyWhile this runs counter to the American narrative, it is simply the truth. Ukraine appears to be the victim of its own ambitions at this point, for while the US tantalizes the leadership of the country and even interferes with the Orthodox Church in the region, the country lurches towards a presidential election with three very poor candidates, most notably the one who is president there now, Petro Poroshenko.

However, the oil and gas side of the anti-Russian propaganda operation by the US is significant. The US wishes for Europe to buy gas from American suppliers, even though this is woefully inconvenient and expensive when Russia is literally at Europe’s doorstep with easy supplies. However, the Cold War Party in the United States, which still has a significant hold on US policy making categorizes the sale of Russia gas to powers like NATO ally Germany as a “threat” to European security.

It is interesting that Angela Merkel herself does not hold this line of thinking. It is also interesting and worthy of note, that this is not the only NATO member that is dealing more and more with Russia in terms of business. It underscores the loss of purpose that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization suffers now since there is no Soviet Union to fight.

However, the US remains undaunted. If there is no enemy to fight, the Americans feel that they must create one, and Russia has been the main scapegoat for American power ambitions. More than ever now, this tactic appears to be the one in use for determining the US stance towards other powers in the world.

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Ariel Cohen explains Washington’s latest foreign policy strategy [Video]

Excellent interview Ariel Cohen and Vladimir Solovyov reveals the forces at work in and behind American foreign policy.

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While the American people and press are pretty much complicit in reassuring the masses that America is the only “right” superpower on earth, and that Russia and China represent “enemy threats” for doing nothing more than existing and being successfully competitive in world markets, Russia Channel One got a stunner of a video interview with Ariel Cohen.

Who is Ariel Cohen? Wikipedia offers this information about him:

Ariel Cohen (born April 3, 1959 in Crimea in YaltaUSSR) is a political scientist focusing on political risk, international security and energy policy, and the rule of law.[1] Cohen currently serves as the Director of The Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics (CENRG) at the Institute for Analysis of Global Security (IAGS). CENRG focuses on the nexus between energy, geopolitics and security, and natural resources and growth. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, within the Global Energy Center and the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center.[2] Until July 2014, Dr. Cohen was a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. He specializes in Russia/Eurasia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

Cohen has testified before committees of the U.S. Congress, including the Senate and House Foreign Relations Committees, the House Armed Services Committee, the House Judiciary Committee and the Helsinki Commission.[4] He also served as a Policy Adviser with the National Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Deterrence Analysis.[5] In addition, Cohen has consulted for USAID, the World Bank and the Pentagon.[6][7]

Cohen is a frequent writer and commentator in the American and international media. He has appeared on CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, C-SPAN, BBC-TV and Al Jazeera English, as well as Russian and Ukrainian national TV networks. He was a commentator on a Voice of America weekly radio and TV show for eight years. Currently, he is a Contributing Editor to the National Interest and a blogger for Voice of America. He has written guest columns for the New York TimesInternational Herald TribuneChristian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, EurasiaNet, Valdai Discussion Club,[8] and National Review Online. In Europe, Cohen’s analyses have appeared in Kommersant, Izvestiya, Hurriyet, the popular Russian website Ezhenedelny Zhurnal, and many others.[9][10]

Mr. Cohen came on Russian TV for a lengthy interview running about 17 minutes. This interview, shown in full below, is extremely instructive in illustrating the nature of the American foreign policy directives such as they are at this time.

We have seen evidence of this in recent statements by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding Russia’s “invasion” of Ukraine, and an honestly unabashed bit of fear mongering about China’s company Huawei and its forthcoming 5G networks, which we will investigate in more detail in another piece. Both bits of rhetoric reflect a re-polished narrative that, paraphrased, says to the other world powers,

Either you do as we tell you, or you are our enemy. You are not even permitted to out-compete with us in business, let alone foreign relations. The world is ours and if you try to step out of place, you will be dealt with as an enemy power.

This is probably justified paranoia, because it is losing its place. Where the United Stated used to stand for opposition against tyranny in the world, it now acts as the tyrant, and even as a bully. Russia and China’s reaction might be seen as ignoring the bully and his bluster and just going about doing their own thing. It isn’t a fight, but it is treating the bully with contempt, as bullies indeed deserve.

Ariel Cohen rightly points out that there is a great deal of political inertia in the matter of allowing Russia and China to just do their own thing. The US appears to be acting paranoid about losing its place. His explanations appear very sound and very reasonable and factual. Far from some of the snark Vesti is often infamous for, this interview is so clear it is tragic that most Americans will never see it.

The tragedy for the US leadership that buys this strategy is that they appear to be blinded so much by their own passion that they cannot break free of it to save themselves.

This is not the first time that such events have happened to an empire. It happened in Rome; it happened for England; and it happened for the shorter-lived empires of Nazi Germany and ISIS. It happens every time that someone in power becomes afraid to lose it, and when the forces that propelled that rise to power no longer are present. The US is a superpower without a reason to be a superpower.

That can be very dangerous.

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