This was originally posted in 2016 by Barley. As Russian athletes are competing as unaffiliated athletes at this year’s Winter Olympics under the Olympic flag, we found reflecting on this post from the Rio Olympics particularly timely and relevant to #cheaterweek.
Doping scandals are nothing new, but the news that an entire country’s program condoned and systematically concealed doping among its athletes, we’ve entered a whole new era. While some deem the International Athletic Association Federation’s ban on Russia as a big step towards a clean sport, I can’t help wondering, is it a band-aid on a bullet hole? Are we finally on the verge of fixing this problem or are we on the verge of pretending to fix this problem? Far from feeling like the doping problem is solved, I’m left with more questions.
What about the other doping athletes we know are out there that still are likely to compete? While we’re all staring at the mess that is currently the Russian track and field team, are officials sweeping other problems under the rug, hoping we are too distracted to notice? And what about clean Russians, if there are any, getting caught in the crossfire? Where do we go from here to clean up the sport of running? Read more >>