It is not news that doping is widespread in sports but a new report by the World Anti-Doping Agency has exposed how far Russia can go to win competitions--all their athletes use banned performance enhancing drugs(doping) and they were covered by their government-- all the way to the Kremlin.
From the report, athletes not initially willing to use pharmaceuticals were forced to do so. Government officials also went as far as intimidating health officials at Moscow’s main anti-doping lab to give falsified results with the permission of higher-ups.
Given the prevalence of Russia’s cheating, the commission said, “it would be naive in the extreme to conclude that activities on the scale discovered could have occurred without the explicit or tacit approval of Russian governmental authorities.”
Incredibly, the commission reported that Grigory Rodchenkov, director of the Moscow lab, admitted to intentionally destroying 1,417 samples before the World Anti-Doping Agency had a chance to audit them, despite (or because of) having received written notification that the agency wanted to scrutinize them.
That’s why, in addition to urging that various Russian athletes and sports officials be banned (and the Moscow anti-doping lab director dismissed), the commission recommended that the International Olympic Committee consider disqualifying Russia completely from the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics next year until Russian authorities start complying with anti-doping rules.
I agree that a ban is very much needed with this height of corruption.