London Olympics 'Sabotaged' By Russian Cheats


Oct 4, 2010
A report commissioned by world anti-doping chiefs recommends Russian athletes should be banned from competing over corruption.

The London Olympics were "more or less sabotaged" by the participation of Russian athletes who should have been banned for doping, a report has found.

The report, by an independent commission set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), directly accuses the Russian government of complicity in widespread doping and attempts to cover it up.

It blamed what it called an inexplicable laissez-faire attitude toward drug cheats from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency.

The 350-page report recommended that Russia should be suspended from athletics competitions until it cleans up its act.

Commission chairman Dick Pound said Russia's behaviour amounted to "state-supported doping" and that a suspension could lead to Russian athletes being excluded from next year's Rio Olympics.

The commission recommended lifetime bans for five Russian middle-distance runners - including gold and bronze-medal winners in the 2012 Olympics 800m - and five Russian coaches and administrators.

Mr Pound said the widespread rule-breaking was "worse than we thought" and all the more serious because it had actually affected results on the field of play.

And of Russia's sports minister Vitaly Mutko - also a FIFA executive committee member - he said he believed it was "not possible for him to be unaware of it".

Russia came fourth in the London 2012 medal table with 82 medals in total - 24 of them gold.

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A damning report by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission has made allegations of widespread corruption in Russian athletics.

Here are the key findings:

:: The Russian government is accused of running a "state-supported" doping programme and complicity in covering up violations.

:: Russia’s sports ministry issued direct orders to "manipulate particular samples" and had knowledge of Russian intelligence agents interfering in lab work.

:: Agents from Russia's intelligence service infiltrated anti-doping work at the Sochi Olympics.

:: Moscow testing laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov ordered 1,417 doping control samples to be destroyed before the inquiry started. He is seen as key to "the conspiracy to extort money from athletes in order to cover up positive doping test results".

:: Russia is suspected of using an obscure laboratory near Moscow to hide doping - possibly by pre-screening athletes' samples and scrapping positive tests.

:: The London Olympics were "sabotaged" by allowing Russian athletes to compete when they should have been suspended for doping violations.

:: Russia should be suspended from athletics competitions - which could include next year’s Rio Olympics.

:: Lifetime bans are recommended for five Russian middle-distance runners and five Russian coaches and administrators. These include the gold and bronze-medal winners at 800 metres at the London Olympics.



One of the best Olympic 800m "women's" races ever? 1st, 3rd & 4th linked to systemic doping - 2nd had to undergo gender verification tests!
Russia accused of ‘state-sponsored doping’ as Wada calls for athletics ban

London Olympics were ‘sabotaged’ by ‘widespread inaction’. Interpol to investigate ‘alleged global doping corruption scam’

Russia has been accused of having a huge “state-sponsored doping programme” by an independent commission that could see the country kicked out of athletics and potentially the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, Dick Pound, who chaired an independent commission convened to look into allegations of systemic doping made by German media 11 months ago, said the “very damaging” findings were probably the tip of the iceberg. The widespread rule-breaking, he said, was “worse than we thought”.

The Wada commission said there was evidence of “interference with doping controls up to the middle of this year” including more than 1,400 samples destroyed in December last year, as well as “cover-ups, destruction of samples, payment of money to conceal doping tests”. It found that the head of its Moscow anti-doping lab Grigory Rodchenko admitted to intentionally destroying 1,417 samples. The report says that the lab, the only Wada accredited one in Russia, should lose its accreditation.

The 323-page report found the London 2012 Olympics were “sabotaged” by the “widespread inaction” against Russian athletes with suspicious doping profiles, by the world athletics governing body the IAAF and the Russian federation.

It outlines a culture of cheating in which Pound said Russian coaches were “out of control” and expected the Russian anti-doping agency to protect their athletes rather than catch them.

It recommended that five middle-distance runners and five coaches be given lifetime doping bans. Two of the athletes are the gold and bronze-medal winners in the 800 metres in 2012, the Olympic champion Mariya Savinova and the bronze medalist Ekaterina Poistogova.
Wasn't the former USSR accused of running a doping programme as well when it came to athletics?

this is just a conspiracy against Russia - like that airplane that got shot down
Whats new? The world got steroids all because of the Russians in the first few Olympic games? Still surprise that they dope?
Yeah, it's not just the russians.

Here we go

On 13 August 2012, the IOC stripped Belarusian athlete Nadzeya Ostapchuk of her gold medal in the women's shot put after she tested positive for the anabolic steroid metenolone. As a result, New Zealand silver medallist Valerie Adams was awarded gold, Russian bronze medallist Yevgeniya Kolodko was awarded silver, and the fourth-placed Gong Lijiao from China was awarded bronze.[19]

On 6 November 2012, the IOC stripped Uzbek wrestler Soslan Tigiev of his bronze medal in the men's freestyle 74 kg division after he tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.[20] Hungary's Gábor Hatos was elevated to the bronze medal position.[21]

On 1 May 2013, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency confirmed that Russian discus thrower Darya Pishchalnikova has been banned for 10 years and will be stripped her silver medal in the women's discus throw after testing positive for oxandrolone (an anabolic steroid).[22] China's Li Yanfeng will be elevated to silver and Cuba's Yarelys Barrios will be awarded bronze.[23][24] IOC has decided on the case and reallocated the medals in 2015.[25][26]

On 30 January 2015, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency confirmed that runner Yuliya Zaripova will be stripped her gold medal in the 3,000 metres steeplechase after testing positive for anabolic steroids. Tunisia's Habiba Ghribi will be elevated to Olympic champion, Ethiopia's Sofia Assefa will be awarded silver and Kenya's Milcah Chemos Cheywa will win the bronze.[27] IOC has not yet decided on the case and has not yet stripped the medal.[28]

In May 2014, the US 4 × 100 metres relay team member Tyson Gay received a one-year suspension for anabolic steroid use and was stripped of his medals after 15 July 2012 when he first used.[29] In May 2015, the IOC wrote to US Olympic Committee telling them to collect the medals from teammates Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, Ryan Bailey, Jeffery Demps and Darvis Patton.[30] Two of Gay's teammates who ran with him in the final, Kimmons and Bailey, had previously also served suspensions. If the medals are reallocated, Trinidad and Tobago will be awarded silver, while France will take bronze.[31] Officially, IOC stripped the silver medal but has not yet confirmed the redistribution of the medals in this discipline.[32]

On 17 August 2015, the Court of Arbitration for Sport says it approved a settlement agreed to by Turkish athlete Aslı Çakır Alptekin and the IAAF. Alptekin has agreed to give up her 1500 metres Olympic title and serve an eight-year ban for blood doping.[33] IOC has not yet confirmed the redistribution of the medals in this discipline.[34]
International sports federation votes to suspend Russia over doping scandal

(CNN)The International Association of Athletics Federations voted Friday to provisionally suspend Russia as a member amid a doping scandal, the IAAF reported on its website.

The action will keep the All-Russia Athletic Federation, the nation's leading athletic association, out of international competition for an indefinite period that may include the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.

"This has been a shameful wake-up call and we are clear that cheating at any level will not be tolerated," IAAF President Sebastian Coe said.

"Today we have been dealing with the failure of ARAF and made the decision to provisionally suspend them, the toughest sanction we can apply at this time," Coe said. "But we discussed and agreed that the whole system has failed the athletes, not just in Russia, but around the world."

The 24-1 vote was taken by teleconference. Russia was not allowed to vote

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State Sponsored doping leads to athletics ban.
Sad day for Russia and Paris.
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They should have an alternative 'Olympic games' where any athlete is allowed to use any form of enhancement they like to get an advantage. Only rule being you have to be transparent about what is being used
Exactly. The Lance Armstrong of athletics, Carl Lewis, should be stripped of all his medals. But that will never happen because of the different standards.

Probably need some sort of evidence first...

No idea what the "different standards" are. :confused:
Probably need some sort of evidence first...

No idea what the "different standards" are. :confused:

It's a fact that Lewis failed a drug test at the trials prior to the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
He should have been banned and not included in the US team. Ben Johnson was disqualified after the 100m race and Lewis was credited with the win and awarded the gold medal. Double standards for athletes from different countries.
IAAF under fire as more Russian doping allegations surface

LONDON – Athletics’ governing body came under renewed fire on Tuesday following disclosures that top officials were aware of a potentially serious doping problem among Russian athletes as far back as 2009.

The Associated Press published a copy of a letter from Pierre Weiss, then the general secretary of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), to Valentin Balakhnichev, the former Russian athletics president who was banned from the sport for life last week.

In the letter, dated 14 October, 2009, Weiss described the results of blood tests taken at that year’s world championships in Berlin and the world half-marathon championships in Birmingham, England.

“Unfortunately I do not have good news regarding the blood parameter levels of the Russian athletes in Berlin. Again they were extremely high, and again much more so than any other country competing,” Weiss wrote.

Referring to the blood levels of Russian athletes in Birmingham, Weiss said two athletes “recorded some of the highest values ever seen since the IAAF started testing”.

“Not only are these athletes cheating their fellow competitors but at these levels are putting their health and even their own lives in very serious danger.”

In response to questions about the AP report, the IAAF told Reuters that the letters did not show any evidence of wrong-doing and that it followed correct procedures in all the cases. It said athletes were investigated and either sanctioned or are involved in a legal process as part of being sanctioned.

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