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Drug Czar Says Russian Athletes Are Systematically Doping

Russian athletes may be systematically doping, according to the International Olympic Committee's drug chief. Speaking about the suspensions of seven top Russian athletes, Olympic drug czar Arne Ljungqvist said that he believes the cheating was organized, not planned in isolation by the individuals, and that the athletes in question should rightly face the World Anti-Doping Agency's four-year ban.

Meanwhile, winners of Olympics past have 'fessed up to their steroid transgressions. Today the IOC praised sprinter Michael Johnson for returning his Sydney 2000 gold medal for the 4 x 400 relay, after a teammate confessed to doping. Perhaps when the cheating victors get to bask in the medal ceremonies and media attention at the games, it doesn't mean much when their disgrace plays out in a few lines, eight years later. While watching the games, do you suspect that the best athletes may have a few drugs to help them out?


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emmebeth emmebeth 8 years
It's sad to think that a tradition started centuries ago is now being manipulated by modern "medicine." It's also scary to think about the future of athletics and "Gene Doping."
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
in regards to the lance thing - i've looked it up and i don't think that there's ever been an admission. the interesting thing is that everyone still LOVES and ADORES him. he's not dealing with the 'scandal' that many other athletes face, and i think that if he did use something, then he would be scorned. (who knows though) i think that we do put athletes on a higher pedestal and therefore they feel like they have to do something to make sure that they are performing at their best. i think that they all have a natural talent and ability - and that the drugs are a boost to that. that's not to say that i'm condoning it - i'm just saying that you can't say that the steroids or whatever are the reason they are successful - but instead perhaps why they are AS successful as they are.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
:) that's right stiletta
stiletta stiletta 8 years
This didn't stop Rocky from defeating Ivan Drago.
stephley stephley 8 years
I don't think Armstrong's admitted it, but from all I've read and the mess the next guy made of things, I'm guessing he did cheat until it's proven otherwise. I'm not pushing anyone to break a world record and the more I learn about the drugs and special expensive suit they're using to break records, I'm less and less impressed by those who do.
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 8 years
in all seriousness, Lance Armstrong cheated or was he just accused? I know the other guy that won did cheat, but I didn't think Lance ever officially said it. We are pushing these athletes beyond what is humanly possible, it's no wonder they have to do it. It's almost like breaking world records shouldn't even count anymore because the only way it's possible is if you are using performance enhancing drugs legal or non.
stephley stephley 8 years
I agree Torgleson - and I do feel sorry for the athletes who are unfairly smeared by all the doping scandals. But I can't get too excited about a great performance now because of all the times I've learned that they were helped.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
>I used to assume it was talent and training but thanks to the Tour de France and baseball, now I assume a good performance is a salute to science and medicine. Ditto. It's sad that people who don't use these drugs have the same cloud of suspicion, because they're no way to ever really prove you didn't.
stephley stephley 8 years
I used to assume it was talent and training but thanks to the Tour de France and baseball, now I assume a good performance is a salute to science and medicine.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
My favorite athlete, Lance Armstrong, had to cheat to win so I don't really have a problem with it. But it's hard not to cheer when Ivan Drago goes down.
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