Russia Admits To Widespread Doping Operation At The Olympics

According to the New York Times, Russian officials have admitted to widespread doping operations not only at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, but across multiple Olympic Games. The admissions came during several days of interviews with the Times. Formerly, officials had adamantly denied the existence of these operations, even in light of Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov‘s confession to facilitating the doping scheme.

In her interview with the times, Anna Antseliovich, director of Russia’s national anti-doping agency, confirmed the widespread doping. When asked about the doping issue, she said, “it was an institutional conspiracy.” While Russian officials have now admitted to widespread doping, they’ve given the red light to the accusations that doping has been state-sponsored. An admission to state-sponsored doping would mean that Russian President Vladimir Putin would also be implicated in the controversy.

Controversy reached its peak this summer with the release of the McLaren Report, which confirmed state-sponsored doping in Russia. McLaren claimed his findings had been proven beyond a reasonable doubt, and that the controversy was an issue in all sports disciplines. His report found that the systematic doping began in 2010.

The 2nd McLaren report, which was released earlier this month, backed up his claims and stated that the doping programs continued past Sochi. The report stipulates that over 1000 Russian athletes were involved in or benefited from “manipulations to conceal positive tests.” Among the athletes named for “disappearing positives” in the first report were swimmers Vlad Morozov, Nikita Lobintsev, and Daria Ustinova.

The Russian Olympic Committee has not yet made a statement.

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Steve Nolan
4 years ago

Oh, it’s about to get poppin’ in here.

Marley09
4 years ago

So that’s it? What happens now? Where’s the part where Russian officials say they’re returning medals and prize money? When do they make amends to all the athletes finishing 4th behinds these science projects? When does the 25 year ban start for this country?

Bigly
Reply to  Marley09
4 years ago

Probably about the same time the DDR medals are returned and Shirley Babashoff gets her golds.

taa
4 years ago

The topic is getting old…all I hear is crickets chirping

Drizzy
4 years ago

A very sad moment for clean hard working athletes

Cheatinvlad
4 years ago

We know why Vlad went running back to mother Russia now.

Swimn
Reply to  Cheatinvlad
4 years ago

Didn’t Santo Condorelli train with him in Russia?

Lauren Neidigh
Reply to  Swimn
4 years ago

Not for an extended time period. He went on a training trip there once in 2014.

Irish Ringer
4 years ago

It sheds new light on why they said the West should mind their own business when it comes to Russian doping allegations.

Bigly
Reply to  Irish Ringer
4 years ago

One could argue that US Postal Service of Lance Armstrong for all those years was state-sponsored doping.

Markster
4 years ago

This explains why Vlad hasnt been nearly as fast since 2013. Sub 41 100 free and and sub 18 50 free relay split in SCY. He went a mid 47 LCM and even went out in a 21.8 to his feet during his 100 free at world champs. Ever since Russia has been under investigation he hasn’t shown the same speed.

Bigly
Reply to  Markster
4 years ago

He should seriously consider changing his name to something like Joe Smith to avoid the second-guessing.

Mikeh
Reply to  Markster
4 years ago

The shame of it is that Dave Salo, a brilliant coach if ever there was one, is forced to wonder how much of Morozov’s success was due to Salo’s training and how much to drugs. No honest coach, which I believe Salo is, should be put in that position.

Swimmmer
4 years ago

In other news, water is wet.

sven
Reply to  Swimmmer
4 years ago

That is actually a libelous rumor fabricated by the West in order to diminish the hard work and tremendous accomplishments of water, and I demand that you retract your statement immediately and issue a public apology.

sven
Reply to  sven
4 years ago

After discussing the matter with my colleagues, I will concede that water is, in fact, wet, but this was only an institutional conspiracy. This was not a state-sponsored matter by any means.

Bigly
Reply to  sven
4 years ago

Those that claim water is wet are just sore losers.

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