Richard W. Pound

Russian Athletes Part of State-Sponsored Doping Program, Report Finds

GENEVA — Members of Russia’s secret service intimidated workers at a drug-testing lab that analyzed samples from top athletes, persuading them to cover up positive tests. They impersonated lab engineers during the Winter Olympics in Sochi last year and kept the facility under close surveillance. That lab once destroyed more than 1,400 samples, fearing the discovery of doping violations.

Athletes, meanwhile, adopted false identities while traveling to avoid unexpected testing, and some who tested positive paid part of their prize money to make doping violations disappear. Others proactively bribed antidoping authorities to assure favorable results, and some of the country’s sports officials routinely submitted bogus urine samples for athletes who were doping.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Can I say something politically incorrect here?
    Russians love to cheat!

    They really do, they get off on it even; it’s part of their national character.
    It’s who they are and what they do.
    They have a “thing” for subverting systems, are usually they are quite good at it, and it almost does not matter what the system is, they will try to “game” it.

    Blame the Tsars, Communism, whatever for it, but it’s what they love to do.

    • Exile1981

      So will they have to return any of the 32 medals they won?

  • mobuyus

    The jig was up when elevated rates of testicular cancer were observed in the women’s sports teams.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Good one! 😉

  • roccolore

    1984 all over again?

    • Clausewitz

      Funny how most of the hockey players from the 1972 Summit on ice Russian team have died young under suspicious circumstances, while the majority of the Canadian players are still alive and kicking. Maybe the Beer and Bacon therapy that most Canadian players used at the time was their medical secret.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The Olympics — another good idea (in 1896) gone bad.