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WADA Foul: Unsportsmanlike Conduct Against Clean Athletes

Yelena Isinbayeva
Yelena Isinbayeva

In the latest news of Russian athletes indignant over doping allegations and sanctions, two-time Olympic and three-time world champion pole vaulter, Elena Isinbaeva declared she'd submit to testing "live" should accusations be made at her. She went on to say she'd fight any such accusations in a court of law.

As a press conference in Moscow, Isinbaeva told reporters she'd no intention of allowing her reputation to be marked in any way by the stain that now spreads across Olympic and international sport. On November 13 the Council of the International Association of athletics federations (IAAF) held an emergency session in London set to suspend the membership of the All Russian Athletics Federation from competing in competitions, including the 2016 Olympics. On the basis of a report by the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA), the organization took the controversial steps to ban even clean Russian athletes.

The move, seen widely as yet another political jab at Russia, ends up tarnishing all athletes. Even in the United States, the report by WADA is being questioned, as is the existence of the origination. This ABC report tells of not only Russia's drug testing being called into question, but goes on to hint at a far greater disease in sport, as well as a potential widening of WADA's scope. Without claiming some Machiavellian intentions by those behind the Russia blame game, it seems fair to suspect a power play of some kind is at hand. Just what kind of promises are being batted around in Colorado, I'll leave to the speculators. It's clear from my last report on this situation, vested corporate interests play a huge role. 

This piece on New Eastern Outlook pretty much sums up who's behind the Russia onslaught. UK’s Athletics Chairman, Ed Warner is a key player in the Olympian march to get at Russia. He's a financier at heart, with key contact with big energy that competes with Russia, while his athletic enthusiasm extends to jogging and juggling finances for the UK sport effort. For Yelena Isinbayeva's part, she does not seem like the type to just quit when confronted with a hurdle. She denounced the decision of the International Athletic Associations Federation (IAAF) to ban all Russian athletes from international competitions as “utterly unfair” towards clean sports people. Which is really the whole point. 

For those who think the whole affair is a Russian witch hunt, news the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) hid 155 test results since 2008, and that only 15 of those were Russian athletes, was a bombshell dropped by Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko on Friday. Despite the allegations by WADA, Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory is based on the model of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Mutko claims that no manipulations with doping tests are even possible. 

Finally, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed his minister to carry out an independent investigation. Putin went on to mediate saying that "those guilty of doping use should be punished, while those, who are innocent, should not be held responsible for others actions."

If the whole "doping affair" is not a massive witch hunt directed solely at Russia, then Mr. Putin's suggestion would seem the most moderate, and sportsman-like too.