Russia Doping Scandal Caused the Country Ban From International Sport Competition
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) voted on Friday, November 13th 2015 to banned Russia for any international sport competition for an indefinite period. The decision to banned this huge country is because there is a report that revealed Russia doping scandal.
An explosive independent report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and published on Monday exposed the Russians, with evidence of a Moscow-testing laboratory that destroyed samples. As cited from BBC, the report claimed to have evidence of “direct intimidation and interference by the Russian state with the Moscow laboratory operations”, while Rusada (Russia’s anti-doping agency) gave athletes advance notice of tests, hid missed tests, bullied doping control officers and their families and took bribes to cover up missed tests, it said. This Russia doping scandal has prove there is a deeply rooted culture of cheating at all levels” of Russian athletics. It implicated athletes, coaches, doctors, laboratory personnel and even the state itself.
For this Russia doping scandal, IAAF decide to provisionally suspended Russia as an IAAF Member with immediate effect. 24 Members of Council took part in the Council meeting with result that 22 voted in favor of the sanction against All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF), who have been officially informed of the Council’s decision, 1 voted against. The Council Member from Russia was not eligible to participate in the vote.
Commenting on the decision, IAAF President Sebastian Coe said:
“Today we have been dealing with the failure of ARAF and made the decision to provisionally suspend them, the toughest sanction we can apply at this time. But we discussed and agreed that the whole system has failed the athletes, not just in Russia, but around the world.“
“This has been a shameful wake up call and we are clear that cheating at any level will not be tolerated. “
As the consequences of IAAF decision for Russia doping scandal, Russia may not compete in International Competitions including World Athletics Series competitions and the Olympic Games in 2016, not be entitled to host the 2016 World Race Walking Team Championships and 2016 World Junior Championships. The good news is, Russia doping scandal not affected to domestic competitions. Russian athletes still able to participating in domestic competitions.
Russia President Vladimir Putin demanded cooperation with doping authorities, saying:
“The battle must be open. A sporting contest is only interesting when it is honest.”
Yelena Isinbayeva, the world-record holder in the women’s pole vault and a two-time Olympic champion, asked that not all Russian track and field athletes be banned. Sheexpress her thought about Russia doping scandal through an open letter posted on the ARAF website.
“All my victories are honest, ‘clean’ and deserved,” she wrote. “I have always followed and am following all the anti-doping rules precisely. The situation the Russian National team is in now is very sad but I ask you not to treat all the athletes in the same negative way. To ban innocent and not connected to that doping scandal athletes from competing in international events and Olympic Games in Rio is not fair.”
Coe said Russia will need to fulfill “a list of criteria” to win reinstatement. An independent inspection team led by Norwegian anti-doping expert Rune Andersen will be appointed in the next few days to verify Russia’s progress.
However, the head of the ARAF, Vadim Zelichyonok said on Sunday he hoped to restore Russia’s membership within three months to allow the country’s athletes to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
“Our main goal is to secure the participation of our sportsmen in the Olympic Games and restore the reputation of Russian track and field,”
Russian officials had complained that the ban would punish clean athletes who weren’t named in the report or implicated in previous doping scandals. The suspension is likely to be announced officially during meeting of the IAAF in Monaco in November 26th-27th 2015. IAAF will set the terms for what Russia must do to have the suspension lifted.