Russia Had State-Run Doping Program For Winter Olympics 2014 – Report
Just two years after hosting the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, Russia is now facing further investigation regarding the alleged doping of some of its athletes and entourage members.Advertisement
To clarify, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) says that these are new Russian doping allegations, some of which involve four Russian gold medalists who were allegedly using steroids during the games. Moreover, WADA is also looking seriously into an allegation that the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) may have interfered with the Sochi Olympic Games’ anti-doping program to the extend that FSB agents were even reportedly employed as Doping Control Officers or DCO’s.
These new allegations come to light after an interview with whistleblower Vitaly Stepanov and the former Moscow Laboratory Director, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, was aired by the show “60 Minutes” on CBS.
WADA President Sir Craig Reedie also said he is aware of Stepanov saying that there was “some level of inaction” on WADA’s part following the allegations. He wanted to clarify, however, that the agency “did not have the power to conduct its own investigations” until the revised World Anti-Doping Code” came into effect back in January 15.
Following these new allegations, Russia may find its athletic teams uninvited from the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The same can be said of Kenya after the WADA foundation board decided to suspend Kenya’s anti-doping agency. According to a report from the Associated Press, a new law that had been passed in Kenya to prevent doping was “a complete mess.”
Together, the two countries had won 27 medals for track and field during the last Olympics. Should they be banned from participating, it would mean that a number of record-holding athletes will not be able to make it. That includes David Rudisha, the Kenyan athlete who holds the record in the 800-meter category, and Yelena Isinbayeva, the Russian who holds the world record as a pole vaulter. Meanwhile, other Kenyan athletes who may not be able to compete include Eliud Kipchoge and Jemima Sumgong.
Meanwhile, Beckie Scott, an Olympic Champion skier and Chair of WADA’s Athletes’ Committee is calling for more investigations, even if it means spending more on research. According to her, “Many more athletes exposed thru investigations than testing.”