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Report-Russia likely to miss 2016 Olympic Games

Postby JM » Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:40 am

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Re: Report-Russia likely to miss 2016 Olympic Games

Postby JM » Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:24 am

Report today from rom '49 North Wrestling' - a reputable Canadian wrestling FB site.

"There are reports that several Russian (good ones at that) Greco-Roman wrestlers have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. An official statement will be released by the Russian Federation once the formal investigation is completed. The names thrown around are a collection of World and Olympic hardware."
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Re: Report-Russia likely to miss 2016 Olympic Games

Postby JM » Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:19 pm

An update on this topic from the Reuters international wire today.

Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:49am EDT

Russian doping scandal spreads to wrestling, sports minister prepared to quit

MOSCOW | By Jack Stubbs
Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia's sports minister said on Tuesday he was prepared to resign over a raging doping scandal in his country which could cost more Russian athletes their places at the Rio Olympics after "tens" more cases of cheating were exposed in wrestling.

Russian wrestlers may now join the country's track-and-field athletes in being barred from competing at the Games in August, after an internal Russian Wrestling Federation (WFR) investigation uncovered multiple doping cases, WFR President Mikhail Mamiashvili said.

The disclosure came a day after four Russian athletes were exposed as having tested positive for the banned drug meldonium, further damaging Moscow's efforts to overturn a doping suspension in time for the Olympics starting in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 5.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday his sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, would remain in his position despite the scandal. Mutko later said, however, that he was prepared to end his eight years in the job if asked to do so.

"The country has a leadership who take these decisions. When I see that the matter concerns me, I will leave my post," R-Sport news agency quoted him as saying.

Russian sport was thrown into turmoil last year when a report by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) exposed endemic cheating and corruption in Russian athletics.

Russian athletes have been suspended from international competition and will miss the Olympics if the country cannot get the ban overturned -- a humiliating blow to the pride and prestige of a sporting superpower.

Since then, at least 18 Russian sportsmen and women have tested positive for meldonium, complicating Russia's drive to prove itself compliant with international anti-doping standards.

Mamiashvili said two male wrestlers, 2014 world championship silver medalist Evgeny Saleev and 2015 World Cup silver medalist Sergei Semenov, had been caught using meldonium.

But he said the sport's doping problem was widespread.

"There are tens of positive tests in the team, everyone is in a bad condition psychologically," Mamiashvili told R-Sport.

No female Russia wrestlers have tested positive for meldonium, R-Sport reported. The WFR declined to comment.

Talking to the state-owned TASS news agency about his team's chances of competing at the Rio Games, Mamiashvili said: "It may happen that simply none of us go."

Meldonium, which is used to treat diabetes and low magnesium levels, was banned by WADA on Jan. 1 after being linked to increased sporting performance.

It is particularly popular in Russia and the former Soviet Union, having been invented in Latvia and used to help Soviet soldiers fight at high altitude in the 1980s.

R-Sport reported on Monday that around 40 Russian athletes from more than 10 different sports had tested positive for meldonium in the first two months of 2016.


(Additional reporting by Maria Kiselyova, Dmitry Rogovitsky and Darya Korsunskaya; Editing by Ed Osmond)
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Re: Report-Russia likely to miss 2016 Olympic Games

Postby JM » Wed Jul 13, 2016 4:20 pm

The latest news on Russia - from FLO :

By Associated Press

A report on Russian doping due out this week is expected to include details about the country's sports ministry telling its drug-testing officials which positive tests to report and which to conceal. If those details do, indeed, show up in the report, the leader of the U.S. anti-doping effort says nothing short of removing the Russian flag from this summer's Olympics would suffice.

Travis Tygart, the CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, told The Associated Press he would support the same sort of action for all Russian sports that track's governing body, the IAAF, took regarding the country's track team: It barred the team but gave a small number of athletes who could prove they were clean a chance to compete under a neutral flag.

"If it's proven true, and there's been intentional subversion of the system by the Russian government ... the only outcome is they can't participate in these Olympic Games under that country's flag," Tygart said.

The World Anti-Doping Agency commissioned an investigation, being headed by Richard McLaren, into Russian doping following a New York Times story in May that detailed a state-run system that helped athletes get away with cheating and win medals at the Sochi Olympics in 2014. The McLaren report is due Friday, with public release set for next Monday.

An earlier investigation, headed by former WADA chairman Dick Pound, looked into Russian doping inside the track team; the McLaren investigation is expected to delve into all sports.

In June, based on information from Pound's report and its own follow-up, the IAAF barred Russia's track team from competing in the Olympics after deciding it had not moved aggressively enough on widespread reforms.

In announcing the decision, the IAAF issued a report that included preliminary findings from McLaren stating evidence showed a "mandatory state-directed manipulation of laboratory analytical results operating within" the Moscow anti-doping lab from at least 2011 through the summer of 2013.
The preliminary findings also said Russia's "Ministry of Sport advised the laboratory which of its adverse findings it could report to WADA, and which it had to cover up."

If those preliminary findings show up in the full report, and turn out to be just the tip of the iceberg, it would represent "an unprecedented level of criminality," Tygart said.

Tygart previewed the findings to leaders of USA Track and Field at a meeting during Olympic Trials last weekend. There, Tygart said, "what we see now is what happened in East Germany" in the 1970s and '80s, when doping in the Eastern Bloc went virtually unchecked.

He told USATF leaders: "You have to send a message to states that corrupt the Games. I don't want to pre-judge the report but indications are that that's what's going to be in there."

USADA chairman Edwin Moses, the gold-medal-winning and world-record-setting hurdler from the 1970s and '80s, reiterated that point to the USATF.
"If an athlete is going to get sanctioned for two, four, eight years, then certainly the same should happen for any federation or agency or administrators who are involved," he said.

Shortly after the Times report came out, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach wrote an op-ed piece in USA Today saying that if allegations in the Times story were true, the IOC would "react with its record of proven zero-tolerance policy, not only with regard to individual athletes, but to all their entourage within its reach."

"Should there be evidence of an organized system contaminating other sports, the international federations and the IOC would have to make the difficult decision between collective responsibility and individual justice," Bach wrote.

On July 21, the Court of Arbitration for Sport will rule on the eligibility of 68 Russian track athletes who claim they should be able to compete despite the IAAF ban. Still undecided is whether the IOC will allow cleared Russian athletes to compete as neutral, or under the Russian flag.

If the McLaren report is as damning as expected, the IOC and international leaders in the 27 other Summer Olympic sports will have to come up with plans on similar issues on a limited timeframe: Friday marks the three-week countdown to the Rio Games.

Rich Bender, the executive director of USA Wrestling, said he had full confidence in the leadership of his sport's international federation to handle the situation correctly.

"The international federation has a significant responsibility to do everything in its power to make sure that happens," Bender said. "If you start making exceptions and compromising positions there, it weakens the statement that doping isn't tolerated."
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Re: Report-Russia likely to miss 2016 Olympic Games

Postby Red Blades » Mon Jul 18, 2016 3:52 pm

It's not looking good for the Russians.
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Re: Report-Russia likely to miss 2016 Olympic Games

Postby black_sabathia » Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:40 pm

If they are banned then these Olympics are meaningless. Kind of like nationals without PSU x 5.
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Re: Report-Russia likely to miss 2016 Olympic Games

Postby kreitzer » Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:12 am

I can't agree with that. The 1984 Olympics definitely lost a lot of luster, but that was political. This is about competive integrity. If they do go to the Games, whatever they accomplish loses meaning too.
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Re: Report-Russia likely to miss 2016 Olympic Games

Postby black_sabathia » Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:53 am

The use of performance-enhancing drugs has been a part of the Olympics since its inception in Ancient Greece. Every country cheats.
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Re: Report-Russia likely to miss 2016 Olympic Games

Postby John Henning » Tue Jul 19, 2016 11:15 am

Agree with blackie.....however, if you are blatant enough, careless enough and arrogant enough to get the entirety of your Olympic contingent caught, then you deserve to be banned. It must have been extraordinarily abused to come to this.
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Re: Report-Russia likely to miss 2016 Olympic Games

Postby D3 for LU » Tue Jul 19, 2016 12:20 pm

...and Putty-Put Putin will howl long and loud on how all the world is against Mother Russia... a conspiracy worthy of an epic Tolstoian tome.
OH the humanity... :roll:
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Re: Report-Russia likely to miss 2016 Olympic Games

Postby black_sabathia » Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:28 am

The Olympics should become two entities: The dope Olympics, and the non-dope Olympics. Since the Olympics is a very profitable business, dividing it in two will make it even more profitable, will give the world more occasion to be entertained, and will give the medical industry the ability to improve their doping procedures freely.
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Re: Report-Russia likely to miss 2016 Olympic Games

Postby JM » Sun Jul 24, 2016 9:12 am

The entire Russian Olympic team will be banned from the Rio Olympics

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... l-facebook
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Re: Report-Russia likely to miss 2016 Olympic Games

Postby JM » Sun Jul 24, 2016 10:18 am

It is a changing scene.

I just now received a report that the IOC is not issuing a blanket ban on the Russian team and will instead leave the decision up to individual sports federations.

Thus for wrestling it is now in the hands of the international United World Wrestling Executive Committee to determine if the Russian wrestlers can compete in Rio.

Here is the link to the official IOC announcement - https://www.olympic.org/news/decision-o ... s-rio-2016

Very interesting...
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Re: Report-Russia likely to miss 2016 Olympic Games

Postby JM » Sun Jul 24, 2016 10:33 am

If it is true that the UWW Executive Committee will be making the decision on Russian wrestling participation, this will be a political decision of the highest magnitude.

The Russians aligned with the USA in 2013 in engineering the plan to oust the dastardly FILA (now UWW) president, Raphy Martinetti. While this alienated Martinetti supporters (the vote was 11-10 to remove him) the Russians were very instrumental in Saving Wrestling as an Olympic sport.

If Martinetti had won that vote, I sincerely believe wrestling would be gone from the Olympics after 2016.
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Lebedev Disqualified from Rio (probably)

Postby JM » Mon Jul 25, 2016 3:30 pm

49 North Wrestling reports that Viktor Lebedev was sanctioned as a Junior for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). Because part of the IOC’s ruling yesterday was that no athlete who had ever been sanctioned for drugs would be allowed to take part in Rio, Lebedev is out. The report cites Aleksandr Bogomoev, Dzahamal Otarsultanov and Ghadzi Rashidov as possible replacements.

However, it has been reported elsewhere that India will not be allowed to replace Narsingh Yadav, who failed a doping test recently, on their Olympic roster. Apparently an injury replacement would be allowed, but not a replacement due to a doping suspension. Russia’s case is a bit different as the extra criteria put upon them by the IOC have pushed them outside of the norm, but the argument could be made that no replacement should be allowed for Lebedev.

That said, there would be some justice in seeing Bogomoev, in particular, head to Rio. He was one of the wrestlers caught up in the officiating scandal that enveloped Russian Nationals this year. While Ismail Musukaev, he was the one who wrestled Lebedev in the match that kicked off all the controversy and led to Dagestani boycotts of the tournament, does not appear to be in consideration, Bogomoev was awarded a gold medal alongside Lebdev after their final match was also dubiously officiated.

Expect legal maneuvers from the Lebedev camp and Russia in the coming days to try to overcome this additional hurdle. The rule seems clear cut and suggests that Lebedev would be out, but under these extraordinary circumstances, it would be shocking to see anyone accept their ban without lawyers getting involved. In the end, Bogomoev would be a fitting representative from Russia, but this situation isn’t settled yet.
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