IOC, Olympic games and compromise decisions about doping

IOC is fighting seriously against doping? Of the approximately 11,000 athletes present in Rio to compete, at least 120 have been sentenced for doping and they paid with a suspension and/or revocation of titles, medals and records. At least a third of countries include athletes in this condition (63 of 205).

28 medals were won by athletes suspended for doping. They are 7 golds, 9 silvers and 12 bronzes. Eleven in weightlifting, five in swimming, five in athletics, one in tennis, five in equestrian sports, one in track cycling.

Another example of IOC compromise regards Russia’s former world and Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva, the strongest antagonist of the Russian track and field ban at the Rio Olympics.

Isinbayeva has been elected to the IOC Athletes’ Commission. She was excluded from the Games along with over 100 of her team mates by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) after revelations of a systematic, state-backed doping program in Russian sport (Isinbayeva has not been personally connected with the doping allegations in Russia and she has never failed a drug test in her career). Isinbayeva received 45 votes in favor and 23 against with two IOC members abstaining.

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