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Montevideo, February 5th 2023 - 19:44 UTC
The World Anti-Doping Agency’s Foundation Board has unanimously voted to declare the national anti-doping agency for Russia, Andorra, Israel, Argentina, Bolivia and Ukraine non-compliant with its code. Read full article
Wonder where Argentina will have to film their promotional video explaining why they are barred from sending a team to the Olympics?
Does this really surprise anyone?
All those countries that have been caught should be banned,
The world is watching
It is going to be awfully quiet at the Olympics in Brazil.
I don't want to see any country banned from the Olympics or any sporting event, BUT if they aren't complying with the rules then what do they expect?
Those who have to cheat to increase their likelihood of getting a medal are odious people who deserve to be banned. However, banning whole countries is a shame for those athletes who are clean and have worked damned hard to earn their place, although I suppose they could compete under the Olympic flag instead, if that were permissible.
But I do seem to recall the leader of the Russian Olympic team complaining after the 2012 Olympics, and insinuating that GB had 'cheated' because an 'occasional' decision (and it was occasional) from judges went in our favour, because he was upset that the UK had won more gold medals than Russia had.
However, I wonder how many medals (of any colour) could be taken off Russian athletes who are known to have taken drugs? Russia may yet slip further down the 2012 Olympic medal table.
I think they are giving the countries time to clean up their acts in time for the Olympics. It is the testing facilities that are suspect - though in the case of Argentina it didn't help them too much - and individual sporting associations are at risk of being banned rather than whole countries. Though for the time being suspect countries are unable to bid to hold sporting events.
I think some athletes will be stripped of medals.
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