By Keith Wilkinson
Russia has been banned from the Olympics, and the World Cup for the next four years over doping allegations. This will bar Russia’s teams and flag and anthem from events such as the Tokyo Olympics next year, the 2022 Beijing. Winter Olympics and the 2022 soccer World Cup in Qatar.
ABC NEWS WADA’s executive committee took the decision after concluding that Moscow had tampered with laboratory data by planting fake evidence and deleting files linked to positive doping tests that could have helped identify drug cheats.
Citing BBC News, doping basically means athletes taking illegal substances to make their performance better. There are five types of banned drugs, called doping classes. The most common are stimulants and hormones. Although they enhance performance, they are health risks involved in taking them, and they’re banned by sports governing bodies.
The most common are androgenic agents like anabolic steroids. These allow athletes to train harder and build more muscle. But they can lead to increased aggression and kidney damage. Other side effects include baldness and low sperm count for men and increased facial hair and deepened voice for women. Anabolic steroids are usually either taken in tablet form or injected into muscles. Some are applied to the skin creams or gels.
Russia was suspended in 2015 in the wake of the athletics doping scandal but was reinstated last year. One of the conditions for the reinstatement of Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA, had been that Moscow provides an authentic copy of the laboratory data.
Yahoo sports The International Olympic Committee called for “the toughest sanctions” against Russia. “This flagrant manipulation is an attack on the credibility of the sport itself and is an insult to the sporting movement worldwide,” the Lausanne-based body said on its website.
Federation president Dmitry Shlyakhtin and four other senior officials are accused of obstructing the investigation into 2017 world championship silver medalist Danil Lysenko, who was accused last year of failing to make himself available for drug testing.
NBC Sports Lysenko allegedly provided fake medical documents as an alibi with help from the officials. He and his coach have also been suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit pending a full disciplinary hearing.
The information is based on 12,000 tests of more than 5,000 athletes between 2001 and 2012. The data reveals that more than a third of medals – including 55 golds – have been won at the Olympics and world championships by athletes who’ve recorded suspicious tests. Russia accounted for 415 abnormal tests, followed by Ukraine, Morocco, Spain, Kenya, Turkey, and others.
If RUSADA appeals the sanctions endorsed by WADA’s executive committee, the case will be referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), WADA said.