Why does the world hate Russian athletes so much? It doesn’t matter if it’s soccer, or track and field; countries don’t want them at their games.
The IAAF decision to uphоld the ban on Russian track and field team ahead of the Rio Olympics has “absolutely no relation to sport” and is “totally politically motivated,” two-time WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev, dubbed “The Beast from the East,” told RT.
Doping issue “is not a Russian problem, it is a global problem,” Valuev said, adding that to focus only on Russia over such an issue is “absolutely wrong.”
“Sport has always been outside politics,” said Valuev, who has been dubbed “the Beast from the East” for his impressive measurements.
Apparently not in recent times my friend; sports has become very political.
On Friday, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) upheld its ban on Russia’s track and field team over allegations of doping. This means the team will be excluded from this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
While the ruling appears final, the main hope of competing in Rio for Russian athletes who have not been found guilty of doping lies with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which meets with other sports bodies next Tuesday in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Many Russian athletes who have not tested positive for a banned substance are expected to take their cases to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Athletes with proven clean records could have the chance to enter international competitions, but not under the flag of the Russian Federation. Read more…
I wish them all the best of luck. To think of all the American athletes, especially in track and field, who continue to dope and haven’t been found out, but who will continue to compete makes me more than angry.