Doping 2.0

Seems Russians have taken a page all the documents from former East Germany on how to implement a highly organized, government sanctioned doping plan.

On Monday, an independent report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) uncovered one of the largest government sanctioned doping programs.

These nine findings are rather alarming. 

1-6 7-9

Okay now in english what this means is they lied! 

Athletes, coaches, government officials, Doping Control Officers (DCOs) …..ya the people employed to ensure this sort of thing doesn’t happen …all of them LIED!

Let’s break it down.

Whereabouts is a program designed to tell DCOs where they are 24 hours of the day. It’s a bit controversial in it’s own right, in no other occupation are you required to give you employer your whereabouts 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

If you’re an athlete, it’s a different story.

Example Whereabouts schedule

The reason behind Whereabouts is to test out-of-competition. Thus, you can’t put your athletes on a two year doping cycle in between major international competitions.

The problem was, the athletes falsified their information on their Whereabouts forms, giving their coaches contact information rather than their own. And when DCOs showed up a training facilities, coaches would lie to officials that athletes were not present at the facility and that they had no idea where they could be.

My biggest problem with all of this, athletes are not given a choice. If you want to compete on the national team that was an obligation, no questions asked.

In a way, I feel sorry for the athletes. They are just pawns in a much bigger scheme all while just wanting to fulfill their dreams of competing at the highest level for their sport.

This isn’t the first time the International Olympic Committee has seen the devastating affects of a state sanctioned doping program.

Here’s a [very] brief prezi on the history on doping in high performance sport.

 

These reports make me question the London 2012 games, Russian took home 24 gold medals for a total of 82 medals, putting them third in the medals standings.

 

My question, if we know now that Russian has implemented it’s state sanctioned doping program and only managed to finish third. Why is WADA not investigating the United States and China?

 

 

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Let’s start with an apology….

Sorry I’ve been M.I.A for so long, between being caught up in two fantasy basketball leagues (I’ve never done fantasy before so it’s been stressful to say the least) and starting a “big girl” job, I’ve been preoccupied.

Well away I’ve done some thinking about the direction I want this blog to go in. As much as I love professional sports, I have to admit my passion lies in grass root sports and sport policy.
I nerd out with things like WADA’s policies and physical literacy development. 

 

So with that being said, I’m opening this blog up to the broad world of sports.

 

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