Russian Olympic Committee Responds To Murphy’s Anti-Doping Thoughts

2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) has offered a response after American swimmer Ryan Murphy said that he was “swimming in a race that’s probably not clean” after the men’s 200 backstroke final at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“How unnerving our victories are for some of our colleagues,” the statement reads (translated from original Russian. “Yes, we are here at the Olympics. Whether someone likes it or not. The old barrel organ started the song about Russian doping again.

“English-language propaganda, oozing with verbal sweat in the Tokyo heat. Through the mouths of athletes offended by defeats. We will not console you. Forgive us those who are weaker. God is their judge. And for us, an assistant.”

Murphy, the 2016 Olympic champion in the men’s 100 and 200 back, lost both of his titles this week, winning bronze and silver, respectively, with Russian Evgeny Rylov landing on top of the podium in both races.

Another Russian swimmer, Kliment Kolesnikov, was the silver medalist in the 100 back.

After the 200 back, Murphy was asked about anti-doping, and had an explosive response, describing how frustrating it was knowing he was likely going against a field that was not 100 percent clean.

Murphy and Rylov have since cleared the air on the comments made, as Murphy was simply responding to a anti-doping question in general, and never mentioned Rylov or the ROC.

“We have exchanged messages along our Instagram accounts, clarifying everything personally to each other and agreed that it was a misunderstanding and that his words were misinterpreted,” Rylov said.

“He was asked what he thought in general about possible doping abuse in the sport of swimming. He replied that in his opinion not all athletes in this sport are clean. He has the right to express his personal opinion and most likely it is a problem somewhere.”

Murphy’s comment was referencing the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in December 2020 that reduced Russia’s four-year ban from competing internationally down to two—a ban imposed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) after it was revealed that the country had been running a state-sponsored doping program.

Full Murphy quote:

“I’ve got about 15 thoughts. Thirteen of them would get me into a lot of trouble. It is what it is. I try not to get caught up in that. It is a huge mental drain on me to go throughout the year that I’m swimming in a race that’s probably not clean, and that is what it is. The people that know a lot more about the situation made the decision they did. It frustrates me but I have to swim the field that’s next to me. I don’t have the bandwidth to train for the Olympics at a very high level and try to lobby the people who are making the decisions that they’re making the wrong decisions.”

The ban is the reason why Russia’s athletes are competing under the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) banner at the Games, and aren’t able to fly their flag or listen to their national anthem during Olympic medal ceremonies.

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Facts
1 month ago

Ryan Murphy’s Instagram account is getting a lot of love right now

Curious swimmer
Reply to  Facts
1 month ago

Lmao rightfully so

Oof
1 month ago

“ Through the mouths of athletes offended by defeats. We will not console you. Forgive us those who are weaker. God is their judge. And for us, an assistant.”

What a badass response

SCCOACH
Reply to  Oof
1 month ago

Typical communism

Me, strong. You, weak. Blah blah blah

Oof
Reply to  SCCOACH
1 month ago

Do you know what communism is…?

SCCOACH
Reply to  Oof
1 month ago

Me strong like bull

jdsmitty1
Reply to  Oof
1 month ago

Communism is when no iPhone

Afcl1
Reply to  SCCOACH
1 month ago

Sooooo, Ryan Murphy is a communist! Got it, thanks! Lmao

Kirill Knyazev
Reply to  Oof
1 month ago

i dont know where swim swam took this because thats not what was written in russian on the post.

John
Reply to  Kirill Knyazev
1 month ago

?

Lane 4 is bad in close finish
Reply to  Kirill Knyazev
1 month ago

Ok, so what was?

Notanyswimmer
1 month ago

Classless from Murphy, who is known to have a mean side to him underneath that smiley exterior. Put some respect to Rylov’s name!

Bruh
Reply to  Notanyswimmer
1 month ago

He never accuses rylov of anything

Last edited 1 month ago by Bruh
John Aselton
Reply to  Bruh
1 month ago

Only one person beat Ryan, who would any layperson consider he talking about? It’s slanderous and at a minimum distasteful to make such comments without any backing.

Mike
Reply to  John Aselton
1 month ago

He was asked a question about a reduced ban for doping offenses. I think he gave the answer that the vast majority of athletes feel. Competing against doped competition is a helpless situation. You have no defense against it unless the doping authorities control it. When you hear that they have and then it is overturned it is frustrating.
He did not bring it up or accuse anyone. The question was designed to put him in a situation where he said something that would cause a reaction or would have to cop out and give a fake “all is good in the world” answer.

Old Swimmer
Reply to  John Aselton
1 month ago

Read the article. Murphy’s comment was in response to a general question about doping and part of it was taken out of context. It had nothing to do with any specific race. The Russian response is pretty classic for a country of cheaters. Very much like what we heard from East Germany and China.

Phlip Phlop
1 month ago

That’s so precious coming from the Russian Olympic Committee which can’t even compete under their flag because the entire Russian contingent was busted for doping in Sochi. Watch Icarus!

Power 5 Swimmer
Reply to  Phlip Phlop
1 month ago

Icarus was so good. It’s on Netflix

Seetheworldswim
Reply to  Power 5 Swimmer
1 month ago

I give 50 years for usa to loose their lead position in world, and to documentaris that will make almost irrellevant all the German most known scandals
The east German and the other!

i got hot sauce in my bag
Reply to  Seetheworldswim
1 month ago

bruh…. what?

anty75
Reply to  Seetheworldswim
1 month ago

You are talking rubbish, yanks may have their faults but they live in an open society, state sponsored doping program like the one we saw in East Germany and Russia is not possible there.

Jeff
Reply to  Phlip Phlop
1 month ago

https://youtu.be/qXoRdSTrR-4

Russia & China have to go!

Philip Johnson
Reply to  Phlip Phlop
1 month ago

At Sochi, didn’t the Russians tunnel through the wall to steal (dirty positive) urine every night?

Definitely Not Sun Yang
1 month ago

holy moly that was shakespearean

Definitely Not Sun Yang
Reply to  Definitely Not Sun Yang
1 month ago

or dostoevskian whatever u wanna call it

SwimShark
Reply to  Definitely Not Sun Yang
1 month ago

Or really bad google translation from a Russian keyboard warrior. Remind us again why their athletes aren’t competing under the Russian flag? 🙂

Dressel will come 3rd in 100 free in Paris
Reply to  SwimShark
1 month ago

I mean THESE athletes aren’t competing under the flag because they’ve actually been found to be clean by current standards. It’s the ones who aren’t competing who are likely not clean, so joke’s kind of on you there.

N P

Like Morozov who was named in the McLaren report is clean? I honestly think Rylov and KK are clean, but not all of them are.

Dressel will come 3rd in 100 free in Paris
Reply to  N P
1 month ago

Morozov has lived and trained in the USA since he was pretty much 14. Awkward.

SwimShark

So was Efimova at the time and also Sharapova. Meldonium much?

Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
1 month ago

Too bad all the media and now ROC are trying to make things escalate.
Nice response from Rylov. He really did a lot to help Murphy out of the situation.

Meow
Reply to  Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
1 month ago

Rylov’s instagram post was super classy.

Seetheworldswim
Reply to  Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
1 month ago

Why they need to be nice to an absolut Prick?

HJones
Reply to  Seetheworldswim
1 month ago

Because that’s how you demonstrate you aren’t a prick. I’m not sure how many other athletes could’ve had the sensibility to respond the way Rylov did after one of your competitors implies you might be cheating.

anty75
Reply to  Seetheworldswim
1 month ago

You are a prick not Ryan

Joe
Reply to  Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
1 month ago

seriously. I feel bad for Murphy for opening his mouth. He wasn’t wrong to say what he said, but you’re going to throw yourself into the media cycle.

Swim nerd
Reply to  Joe
1 month ago

At least he is willing to say what needs to be said. There is a reason it is the ROC and not Russia

SUNY Cal
1 month ago

This really looks bad for Ryan Murphy. Makes him look like a poor loser. His thoughts may have some validity, but the press conference, right after he lost race, was not the time to bring it up.

Huh
Reply to  SUNY Cal
1 month ago

He is 100% right though.

RMS
Reply to  SUNY Cal
1 month ago

He was asked a question. What was he supposed to do, not answer?

John Aselton
Reply to  RMS
1 month ago

A simple “no comment” would suffice

sly
Reply to  SUNY Cal
1 month ago

Correct

SwimShark
Reply to  SUNY Cal
1 month ago

Mike Phelps pretty much said the same about doubting the field has been totally clean back when he was still competing. I don’t see people dunking on him.

Bub
Reply to  SwimShark
1 month ago

Yeah but he also beat all of them

Please and Thank you
Reply to  SUNY Cal
1 month ago

Then when? Murphy is a smart guy. Pretty sure all athletes know when you mention doping, you’re gonna get attention. He knew what he was doing.

Huh
1 month ago

Their response is basically just mocking the fact that they basically got away with state sponsored doping. Seems pretty shitty to me.

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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