Wail Not At The World, Clean Russians: Let ‘Revolution Begins At Home’ Be Your Creed

The unavoidable asterisk that taints unclean and clean alike in Russian swimming can be removed only by revolution at home, with clean athletes pressing the case for a clean culture and sport and getting on the case of their elders not the rest of the world. Pictured - Svetlana Chimrova, second left, and Veronica Popova, who shared a podium with a two problems among many - Daria Ustinova*, left, Yulia Efimova*, right, for global honour - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Unfair, say some, to block Russian track and field from the Olympic Games when the likes of Gatlin and others who have fallen foul and returned, not to mention a Russian swim team with at least one double-dope comebacker on board, will be in Rio. The Osaka Rule – unfair, too. Double jeopardy, CAS ruled. But what of double doping? Is that fair to clean athletes? Clean athletes of Russia: this is no time to get on the case of a world sick to back teeth of seeing the filthy prosper. Let this be your creed: “Revolution Begins At Home”.

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CAS gives better consideration of “fairness” to the cheaters than the victims.

eg. IAAF, based on WADA doping code, gave Justin Gaitlin 8 years of suspension (initially lifetime, but pleaded down), but CAS then reduced to 4 years.


Anyone who thinks that the Russians
are the only ones doping needs their heads read.


I think this is a disgraceful decision. If the Russian athletics team is banned then every single nation with a doping ban and I mean actual doping ban from the previous olympics should be banned from the next olympics.


Whilst the decision itself is merited, I do have to add my voice to those cautioning that the fall-out may go way beyond what we may think and may indeed bring down the entire edifice of international sport.

If Russia goes down, its naive to expect them not to drop the bucket on all other entities who are “compromised” either by their links to these and other issues. Lets not forget how many major international federations are already “on the ropes” with regards to corruption, nepotism/cronyism and doping issues. The IOC & WADA are already compromised or at have their credibility in tatters.

Many would say “viva la revolution, clean the whole lot out !!”. Laudable indeed but after all the heroic speeches are made and artfully crafted communiques are released; where is the real will-power, the expertise to rebuild again from the ground up ?

To put it even more starkly; where’s the money going to come from to make this happen, IS there the real will-power and staying power to bring this about ……… and will the general public really care any longer ?

Craig Lord

That’s not what this is about, Felix: every single nation with a doping ban has not operated the kind of system we see here nor run secret labs etc etc… it isn’t about the doping positives – it is about much more – like those doping positives we know about being the tip of an iceberg.

Craig Lord

Nobody, then gheko, for no-one thinks that.

Craig Lord

The edifice will collapse if something isn’t done, too, CW, so they might as well do something… the money is there, in my view … staying power is another thing.


Well, the corporate $$$$ is becoming increasingly transient in both professional and “international” spheres and the $$$ from the public sector ever tighter.

Then you translate this across into the anti doping sector. Whilst we can place a levy on the various international sporting federations to fund the central functions of WADA (or whatever any successor may be called); what of the national anti-doping bodies who actually carry out these tasks ?

In most cases, these national bodies are currently funded by their national goverments. Whilst most operate completely independent of government; RUS illustrates the dangers of when the paymaster pulls the puppet strings.

Then there is the reality that reduced funding is proving to be a compromising factor for those anti-doping orgs who aren;t subject to political interference. Not only are operational staff being laid-off due to the reduced $$$ but this is seeing reduced testing.

Craig Lord

Yes, I see all of that, CW. I also see that such things work in many countries where the state pays the anti-doping bill, judges, and much else, without undue influence in a negative way…


And the GDR whose women were doped up on testosterone in Munich 1972 cannot lose their medals because it was not on the banned list back then, what a joke!


Craig, in MOST leading sporting nations there is NO overt or covert political interference in the anti-doping operations …… but that really is only 1/2 (if that) of the issue.

The telling factor is that the budget cuts are, and will continue to, curtailing/hamstringing the operational effectiveness of these entities. Not seeing any resolution to THAT one no matter what moral outrage and political theatrics may be played out.


Craig, I think your above post relates to a different topic/thread !

Craig Lord

I do, CW, where money is an issue, use it and work at it – the sports budget for the OGs its sports and bodies like FINA is massive – millions spent on testing samples that were never likely yo prove positive… a smarter approach required. Right now we have the equivalent of a system in which grandma is taken out of the queue at the airport to have her handbag checked while terrorists get past. I don’t accept there’s not enough money – how you spend it is something else.

Craig Lord

Thanks CW, shifted

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