They tried to tell you.
The athletes, the folks who truly care about fair play and clean sport, the countries that haven’t sold their souls for Russia’s almighty rubles — they begged and pleaded with the International Olympic Committee and World Anti-Doping Agency to not give in. They warned of what a horrible message it would send to let Russia back into the good graces of the Olympic movement a mere two years after its widespread and systemic doping program was discovered.
IOC - WADA
And still the IOC and WADA gave in.
Don’t they feel stupid now.
Thursday - Weeks - WADA - Russia - Agency
On Thursday, just two weeks after WADA reinstated Russia’s anti-doping agency, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the indictment of seven Russian spies in connection with the hacking of systems used by international anti-doping officials. The Russians then stole medical records and other data of athletes, including Serena and Venus Williams and Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles, and published them through a group that called itself “Fancy Bears.”
These weren’t bored teenagers testing their hacking skills and trying to prove how smart they were. The seven who were indicted were members of the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence, and their sole aim was retaliation against those who had the audacity to believe Russia should be punished for cheating.
Organizations - Efforts - Integrity - Olympic - Games
“All of this was done to undermine those organizations’ efforts to ensure the integrity of the Olympic and other games," John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security, said at a news conference to announce the indictments.
It’s nice to see the Justice Department have the athletes’ backs. If only the people in power in the Olympic movement did, too.
Doping - Part - Sport - Country - Difference
Doping is, unfortunately, a part of sport, and it happens in every country. But there is a big difference between individual cheats like Lance Armstrong and Marion Jones, and a program that is imagined and...
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