WADA: politically motivated

It has long been obvious that the World Anti-Doping Agency is politically motivated. The latest illustration is provided by Fancy Bears, which released hacked WADA records, showing that United States athletes have taken banned substances with impunity. However, one might struggle to notice, as the corporate news media are busily spinning the story as Putin stealing and publishing private medical records. This is, of course, a well worn strategy: blame Putin. Yet, the evidence-free blame Putin strategy cannot hide the real story.

 

WADA was content to allow US athletes who it knew to be doping to compete in the Rio Olympics. Yet the same organisation, on the basis of the evidence-free Maclaren Report, demanded the exclusion of all Russian athletes from the Olympics. The IOC baulked and passed the buck to the Federations. The result was hundreds of Russian athletes were excluded even though there was no evidence of doping against individuals.

 

All this followed WADA's banning of meldonium at the beginning of the year. This medicine was banned supposedly on the basis of research. Yet there was no basis for banning the medication in terms of WADA's own criteria, which are: proven performance enhancing effect; demonstrably harmful effect; and the catch-all - violates the spirit of sport. Meldonium has no known performance effect. It is not known to be harmful. And it is impossible to see how the medicine could be seen as violating the spirit of sport - whatever the phrase might conceivably mean. So why ban it? The medicine is used mainly by Russians. The prohibition of the medication immediately resulted in the banning of Maria Sharapova.

 

So WADA bans a medicine with no performance enhancing effects and no known harmful effects, yet allows US athletes to compete who are known to WADA to have taken performance enhancing drugs, including amphetamine, which not only is a known performance enhancer, but is also known to have serious harmful effects. WADA is not merely unfit for purpose, it is equally obviously a politically motivated organisation that is bringing the anti-doping system into disrepute.

 

 

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Comments (10)

  1. TomasSISI

    It’s been dirty pool all along? This is a game called “Gotcha,” when you pull all the dirty stuff you can o use it against an enemy. The problem with this is it eventually backfires and your own people start doubting you.

    September 14, 2016
    1. stevehayes13

      It is not supposed to be a war; it is supposed to be sport.

      September 14, 2016
  2. TomasSISI

    Yes, I know. but you can’t deny that the Cold War was real but had different rules. Sometimes the Russia played the game better than we did, but we were also playing as hard as they were.

    September 14, 2016
    1. stevehayes13

      The Cold War has been over for twenty-five years. The Soviet Union is history.

      September 15, 2016
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      2. TomasSISI

        I believe Putin would like to start it up again.. the Cold War I mean. our military-industrial complex wold be happy also and the Rothchild family would be overjoyed.

        September 16, 2016
        1. stevehayes13

          Putin has not done anything to justify your belief that he is trying to start a new cold war. On the contrary, the cold-war-style propaganda is all coming from the west’s neoliberal elites.

          September 16, 2016
  3. GoldenPig2012

    Epic fail for the Russians. Put the medical records out there. So? Doping? Nope. Legitimate medical treatment for legitimate medical diagnosis? Yep. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Suck it up, buttercups.

    September 14, 2016
    1. stevehayes13

      This comment makes no sense. There is no evidence of Russia hacking and publishing these WADA records. Also no medical records were published by Fancy Bears. Further, taking performance enhancing drugs is doping and it is cheating. Maybe you recall Lance Armstrong had therapeutic use exemption certificates? And he was still found to be a cheat and stripped of his achievements.

      September 15, 2016
      1. GoldenPig2012

        Sure, it makes no sense. Just like publishing medical records of strangers and the rest of us commenting on it. and?

        September 23, 2016
        1. stevehayes13

          Fancy Bears did not publish medical records. They published World Anti-Doping Agency records that show the anti-doping system is facilitating the use of doping.

          September 24, 2016