It’s Business As Usual In Russia, Says Film From German TV Team Behind WADA Inquiry

Two of the first casualties of the WADA IC report: Lamine Diack, left, and Grigory Rodchenkov

Russian track and field is carrying on with business as usual, with coaches linked to the doping crisis still in place and guiding athletes, despite the threat of a whole-nation ban from the Olympic Games in Rio.

That’s the claim of the latest film from the ARD Doping unit at German TV. The crisis extends to the choice of the new boss of RUSADA, the Russian anti-doping agency, in a man with a record of having informed athletes that unannounced testing agents were on their way, a new documentary suggests

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Jane Green

It is strange to see in a perfectly muscled body like Katinka Hosszú with a paunch before competing as if her abdomen has air more or hide any material for greater floatability once finished the competition the belly becomes flat, this alteration would have to control the judges
this link you can see Hosszu with three companions where the three have a flat stomach and a strange belly looks katika
this link an exaggerated belly for a muscled swimmer seen


Craig, taling about Doping, the “Sharapova doping” scandal is much bigger than just her

Winter Olympic Gold Medalist Ekaterina Bobrova
World Champion Speed Skater Pavel
Volleyball Player Alexander Markin

The women 1500 track and field is on a dire situation.

The Gold medalist who was Asli was caught on antidoping, the silver Gamze is under doping suspicion, the bronze is Russian, so who knows her situation, and the 4th and 5th are also doping doping suspicion.


In less than 24 horas 4 Russian athletes were caught on doping for the same substance, there are rumours that almost 25% of all Russian World/Olympics level athletes were using Meldonium

Craig Lord

Indeed Rafael: see my comment on this article:

Craig Lord

As I wrote elsewhere: so many sick elite athletes, astonishing…


Rafael, I’ve seen on internet that the usage of Meldonium is wide spread. Of course most articles are about Maria Sharapova, but other big names are also mentioned. From Sweden for example. That was the reason why this clinical drug is banned now. It was intensively used by athletes everywhere.

Craig Lord

Part of the comment I directed Rafael, too, confirming the point he was making, Yozhik:
It was 2014 when Meldonium made the ‘watch list’. it was Sept 2015 when alert was sent out to all feds, sports etc that the substance would join the banned list in Jan 2016. No excuse for not knowing that, especially when you’re one of the biggest names in sport, right up there in the ranks of your game and towing a responsibility to be aware of anti-doping issues.
“i wasnt aware of the link these past 10 years’ is just not good enough. How is it possible for anyone taking such substances not to know what they are taking when what they are taking and the link made is even to be found on wikipedia (no specialist library or knowledge required):

Meldonium – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Meldonium (also known as Mildronate, THP, MET-88, Mildronāts or Quaterine) is a clinically used anti-ischemic drug that is currently manufactured and … etc…

Meldonium was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list of banned substances on 16 September 2015 effective starting 1 January 2016;[31] it was previously on WADA’s list of drugs to be monitored.[32][33] WADA considers the drug to be a “metabolic modulator”, similar to insulin. A December 2015 study in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis argued that meldonium “demonstrates an increase in endurance performance of athletes, improved rehabilitation after exercise, protection against stress, and enhanced activations of central nervous system (CNS) functions.”[34]

On 7 March 2016, former world number one tennis player Maria Sharapova announced that she had failed a drug test in Australia due to the detection of meldonium. She said that she had been taking the drug for ten years for various health issues, and had not noticed that it had been banned.[35][36] Earlier the same day, Russian ice dancer Ekaterina Bobrova announced she had also tested positive for meldonium at the 2016 European Figure Skating Championships. Bobrova was “shocked” about the test result, she stated that she had been aware of meldonium’s addition to the banned list (on 1 January 2016) and had been careful to avoid products containing banned substances.[37] Other athletes who are provisionally banned for using meldonium include Swedish Ethiopian-born middle-distance runner Abeba Aregawi,[38] Turkish middle-distance runner Gamze Bulut,[39] Ethiopian long-distance runner Endeshaw Negesse,[40] Russian cyclist Eduard Vorganov,[41] and Ukrainian biathletes Olga Abramova[42] and Artem Tyshchenko.[43]

So many sick folk among elite athletes… who’d have thought it?


Nike and Porsche cut ties with Sharapova. It is significant and painful with a lot of financial and PR consequences. This is how this war for clean sport has to be conducted. Bans are almost nothing, like ‘suspended license’

Craig Lord

There will be a bigger price, Yozhik, for this athlete. The Times this morning has a report in which the makers of meldonium and the product Sharapova took state that the prescribed course is “4 to 6 weeks” and that there is “no medical reason” for anyone to be taking the substance for 10 years… We have not heard the whole truth and nothing but in this case and many others so far…
It was Efimova who talked about getting her licence back, just like a traffic offence – it went down very badly with Eurosport commentators, viewers and others when she said it – any remaining respect for her went flying out the window.
Lifetime bans are ever more attractive for a certain level of offence.

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