Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Russian sport

WADA has slammed IAAF over doping in sport and recommends that Russia should be banned from sport.

A 325 page report has been published showing what everyone has suspected, but now comes the time for proof.

The findings by a commission set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency were far more damaging than expected. It means that two of the world's most popular sports, football [soccer] and track and field are now mired in scandals that could destroy their reputations.

The WADA investigation's findings that Russian government officials must have known about doping and cover-ups, with even its intelligence service, the FSB, allegedly involved, threatened to severely tarnish President Vladimir Putin's use of sports to improve his country's global standing. Russia hosted the last Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014 and will hold the next World Cup in 2018, unless the authorities step in.

The IAAF responded by saying it will consider sanctions against Russia, including a possible suspension that would ban Russian track and field athletes from international competition, including the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. IAAF President Sebastian Coe gave the Russian federation until the end of the week to respond, which has been seen as very weak.

Perhaps the time has come for corruption in sport to be removed.

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