However, pessimism, as they say, aside. The work of Fancy Bear on exposing a very differentiated approach to estimating the use of prohibited drugs by one or another WADA athlete did not go unnoticed. The British edition of The Guardian this week came out with a material stating that officials of the World Anti-Doping Association "are afraid of certain decisions by the International Olympic Committee."
The point is that several months have passed since Mr. McLaren announced that “there is evidence of the existence of a whole system of support for the use of doping in the Russian Federation at the state level”, but the IOC is not from McLaren or anyone else from WADA so far, and did not wait for the provision of at least some real facts. All that is “provided” is known statements about allegedly found scratches on vessels for collecting tests, as well as the McLaren's saga of “holes in the wall and FSB officers” who through these holes mysteriously took the athletes' doping urine, replacing it "Pure product".
The IOC, as we know, asked: friends, well, at least you would call the names of those whose urine was “replaced by a hole in the wall”. To this, Mr. Maclaren, making a conspiracy grimace, answered: not the time, they say ... we need more work, and indeed it is all “top secret”. Like, purely gentlemanly, you must take our word for it, for gentlemen never-never lie ...
The International Olympic Committee is not something that would tremble Russian athletes with great trepidation, but at least demonstrate a clear desire to get "evidence", if any, from the WADA commission. After all, in fact, a third of the Russian national team was removed from the Games in Rio, and the overwhelming majority of the excluded athletes filed claims for damages. The total amount of lawsuits, according to some data, passes for 0,5 billion dollars, and the IOC (what kind of trepidation and reverence is before Russian sports ...) understands that if the courts decide in favor of the athletes who were dismissed without guilt, they will have to shell out Maclaren and Co. will wash their hands ...
So ... If, prior to the Fancy Bear publications, the IOC declared a desire to get more detailed information from WADA, then after the publications, it was no longer desires, but requirements. A member of the IOC (he is the chairman of the Argentine National Olympic Committee), Gerardo Werthein, made a statement that frightened WADA officials. According to Werthein, WADA leads the IOC by the nose, trying to shift responsibility from itself to anyone. The head of the NOC of Argentina accused WADA of discrediting the sport and possible involvement in corruption schemes.
Gerardo Werthein on the work of WADA:
Representatives of the sports elites of a number of countries, after information that WADA "took into account" certificates for allowing doping to be taken by individual athletes without any transparency, suspected those responsible for keeping records of official permissions in receiving "kickbacks." As you know, most of the “sick” athletes whom WADA allowed, forgive me, to eat steroids and drugs by handfuls, eventually became the winners and prize-winners of the Olympics in Rio de Jeanneros. Winners and prize-winners with the subsequent receipt of bonuses not only from the IOC and international sports federations, but also from national governments. In a number of cases it was a question of awarding over 1 million dollars for a medal.
Against this background, the head of the IOC, Thomas Bach, said that the chairman of the World Anti-Doping Association, Craig Reedy, "could not cope with the duties assigned to him." True, Bach did not mention the possible corruption schemes, but called the main puncture to Reedy and the whole WADA that the organization could not put a barrier to the use of doping. And the evidence for this, apparently, is including “doctor's certificates”, which WADA accepted as an indulgence for an athlete to use prohibited drugs. As is known, from stories Roman Catholic Church, indulgence could be bought for good money. Apparently, WADA decided not to forget the “absolution” tradition.
So what are the officials of the World Anti-Doping Association now afraid of? They are afraid that WADA will simply cease to exist. The aforementioned Gerardo Werthein took the initiative, on the basis of which instead of WADA a structure will be created that will deal not only with the problems of doping, but also with issues of corruption in sports. And, according to the British press, Mr. Reedy and other representatives of the current top of WADA will have no place in this structure.
The initiative for the probable dissolution of WADA, for obvious reasons, was greeted with hostility in the association itself. Podtyvayvayut and the former. So, the former head of anti-doping (or still doping) cheats, Richard Pound, commented on the statements of the representatives of the International Olympic Committee:
Strange in this situation, one thing - the silence of Russian officials from the sport. After all, in fact, WADA is found guilty of consuming the use of illicit drugs by dozens of American, British, German and other athletes. Moreover, WADA is actually found guilty of lying about Russian Olympians and Paralympians, in respect of whom not a single weighty evidence of doping has been presented yet with the complete trampling of the presumption of innocence.
All these facts are enough to simply destroy the liars and corrupt officials of WADA with a whole series of claims and the introduction of personal sanctions. What a strange "Olympic" calm of the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation? Or is there “its own atmosphere”? ..
- Alexei Volodin
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