The World Anti Doping Agency is calling Russia be banned from Olympic track and field competition in at the 2016 Rio games.
Canadian Dick Pound, head of WADA, at a press conference today:
“For 2016, our recommendation is that the Russian Federation be suspended.”
It comes on the heels of a new report accusing the country of a widespread, state sponsored doping program.
The bombshell report accuses the country of using performance enhancing drugs to turn its Olympic fortunes around between the Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 games, and interfering with the doping lab at the latter.
The 23 page report claims acceptance of cheating is widespread in the country, and that Russian officials ordered the destruction of samples to cover their tracks.
The International Association of Athletics Federations says it will consider sanctions against the country, including suspending the Russians from Olympic competition. It has given the Russian Federation to reply.
A different kind of ‘Own the Podium’
Guest hosting Drex Live, Shane Foxman says this points to an endemic problem in the sport world.
“Cheaters are already using things that those that conduct the tests aren’t even aware of yet. Everyone was looking for steroids, and they were into those growth hormones. They’re always one step ahead. … When you’re not testing for the right things, it doesn’t matter how many tests you run.”
And he’s got his own prescription on how to solve the problem.