The Russian doping may continue full steam ahead. We don’t know. But we do know their culture and acceptance of cheating cannot be changed overnight.
The International Olympic Committee, International Association of Athletics Federations and World Anti-Doping Agency all of their work cut out for them.
From Hajo Seppelt of ARD TV, he asks if it is indeed continuing through dirty physician Portgulov:
Physician Sergey Portugalov, recently banned for life by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for participating in Russia’s doping system, might still be working with top athletes in Russia. Officials deny, but according to Russian internet sources inconsistencies remain.
On the website of a specialised medical centre in Moscow with clients from top sports Portugalov’s name appeared until last week. According to its website, the medical institution in the capital of Russia collaborates with Dynamo Moscow, Russia’s top team in ice-hockey. This cooperation is promoted on the website, with special emphasis on a department for consulting players. As stated on the clinic’s website until 13 March 2017, “the department is run by one of the best-renowned specialists in sports medicine, Professor Sergey Portugalov”.
On 13 March, participants of a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) meeting in Lausanne became aware of Portugalov’s appearance on the clinic’s website. Shortly afterwards, his name was erased from the website without any explanation. Upon request by ARD German TV this week, a clinic’s spokesperson claimed that the physician allegedly had never worked for the clinic, despite the reference to Portugalov on the website.
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Meanwhile, three more of their athletes were caught and suspended, one for the third time. We ask, how is this possible?
Three Russian Athlete’s disqualified from 2012 London Olympics.
Three Russian athletes have been disqualified from the 2012 Olympics after failing doping retests, the country’s track federation said.
Hammer throwers Maria Bespalova and Gulfiya Khanafeeva, and triple jumper Viktoria Valyukevich were all disqualified. None of them were medallists.
The disqualifications of Bespalova and Khanafeeva mean all three Russian women who competed in the hammer throw in 2012 have tested positive for doping. Tatyana Lysenko was the original winner but was stripped of her gold medal in October.
In Tuesday’s statement, Russian officials didn’t say which substances were involved. The International Olympic Committee had no immediate comment.