ARD Shows Putin’s Team Non-Compliant As The IOC Awaits IAAF Vote On Russia & Rio 2016

Russia got to chink glasses with the IOC once more in Rio in 2016 - but the story is not over, nor the fallout [All images are stills from "Red Herrings" by ARD]

The English-language version of ARD Sport Inside’s “Doping: Top Secret – Russia’s Red Herrings” swims into the public domain (watch it on the video below). We trawl alongside the German TV documentary and consider the evidence that tells us that Russia is not fit to be back on the track and in the field at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, no matter how many champagne flutes Thomas Bach and Vladimir Putin chink. Time for a rethink as the autonomy of sport continues its long march to the grave

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The English-language version of ARD Sport Inside’s “Doping: Top Secret – Russia’s Red Herrings” swims into the public domain (watch it on the video below). We trawl alongside the German TV documentary and consider the evidence that tells us that Russia is not fit to be back on the track and in the field at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, no matter how many champagne flutes Thomas Bach and Vladimir Putin chink. Time for a rethink as the autonomy of sport continues its long march to the grave



It would appear that the evidence clearly supports upholding the ban. Any other decision would damage the sport and call into question the integrity of the officials making the decision. A strong stance must be taken.
It is disappointing that both Coe and Reedie failed to respond to Balogopal’s emails. I hope they have good excuses.


The availability of PEDs is out of control. Google “Buy Meldonium” and you will get to a few Russian websites with a feast of drugs available online for the chemically enhanced athlete. Under Mildronate (meldonium) use indications are:

Per Website Indications for adults:

complex therapy of CHD (stenocardia, myocardial infarction);

chronic heart failure and cardiomyopathy dyshormonal and complex therapy of acute and chronic circulatory disorders of the brain (cerebral strokes and cerebrovascular disease);

abstinence syndrome in chronic alcoholism (in combination with specific therapy for alcoholism);

decreased performance, physical stress, including in athletes.

There is insufficient data on the use Mildronate for children.

!! please take a note, that product can be labeled in Russian and provided with instructions in Russian. if you need instructions in English – please add a comment in the order form.

So Athelets if you feel you have decreased performance Mildronate is for.

It took WADA 10 years to ban this, why so long!!! As there is no indication for diabetes or ongoing cold and flu, Sharapova clearly was taking in to enhance performance and it clearly worked for 10 years. I wonder if she was disclosing the substance on her drug testing forms as is required and surely the authorities reviewing these forms should have investigated and banned the drug sooner


The whole Sharapova and Meldonium reminds so much of Sun Yang and TMZ

Craig Lord

Just so, ASF


This morning’s doping news per AP says WADA has recorded 99 meldonium positives since its ban and that the IAAF has said Russian athletics is still non-compliant.

I’m glad we’re seeing all this ahead of Rio so that at least some of the dopers are getting weeded out now instead of being allowed to first stand on a podium while their national anthem is played. And then for the roll down medals after an Olympic positive test being later redistributed in such places as the food court of the ATL (Atlanta) airport.


Isn’t it touching how these top athletes have to fight serious diseases and chronic illnesses, taking pills like any average sedentary old man? To think that in most countries they wont allow you to compete at amateur level if you have a mere blood pressure issue!

Craig Lord

Quite, Therea, the heart bleeds (hopefully not literally, as seems to be the case among a certain stock of athlete athlete)


Autopsy results showed that a rare heart condition played a part in 21-year-old Dartmouth swimmer Tate Ramsden’s drowning at the end of last year.
It is not related to this discussion. Just FYI that seemingly healthy athletes can die from heart failure. So whenever we are expressing disbelieve to cheaters’ explanations based on the necessity of taking heart supporting drugs banned by WADA the correct wording is important. It was a rare, inherited heart disease and some preventive measures may were required in cases like such.

Craig Lord

Yozhik, there are cases such as that the world over – and they are overwhelmingly of the ‘unexpected death’ kind, people having been unaware of any illness. Those cases are extremely rare among the very elite of sport, yet the number of elite taking supposedly ‘life-saving’ drugs is seemingly very high – with champion stock apparently having to take longterm (decade-long) regular medication without which they would ‘die’, – or so we are now led to believe from some sources in the 99 Mel’m cases this year.
ThereaL makes a very valid point: in his country and others, medical tests discovering life-threatening illness would prevent the patient being able to take part in elite sport. Perhaps these desperately sick people might consider petitioning the IOC and Paralympic movement and have a category of competition set up just for their particular needs beyond the healthy population.


Craig I had no intentions to start any discussions at 2am time. This guy being perfectly healthy (not demonstrating any signs of illness) but having history in family should’ve faced a tough decision. Either quiting competitive sport all together or to be on drugs and supplements that decrease the probability of occurrence of such fatal conditions. As I mentioned already I am not argueing neither with the author of this article nor with the lawyer who knows the importance of each word said and especially written. It was FYI. No opinion or statement.

Craig Lord

Sure, I understand that, Yozhik (not 2am with me and lots of others 🙂 – neither was my reply an argument. Sup’ info on a matter where it is important to be clear. Sleep well.


Craig, actually in my country you cant take up masters swimming if you have high blood pressure, not kidding.

Yozhik, I wasn’t talking about single cases. I was referring to unbelievable stats. In Baku 1 out of 10 athletes tested was taking meldonium. We are talking 22-23 year old people on average. Athletes. I am almost twice that age and I dont know that 10% of my peers is taking pills for their heart. Let alone when I was 22. So either someone proves scientifically that heart condition and natural talent for sport gomhand in hand or I think this is one big joke

Craig Lord

Quite so, ThereaL – a sick joke


Ok, Let get back to the prickly business 🙂 So, Luigi you think about this 10% of young swimmers in Baku as cheaters just because they ate something that they believed made them feel ( perform) better. I am getting in the good mood after any meal 🙂 That is the purpose of the food – to make one to perform better. Now, there is the line that we shouldn’t cross. Some food brings our body to the condition that we cannot get into by any other means and there is an agreement that we shouldn’t compete in such condition. And there is an agency that defines this line. Until this agency says that particular substance shouldn’t be used when one participates at sport competition I don’t see anything wrong if someone uses the substance that is effecient in helping people with health issues. How does it different from berries enriched with vitamins or honey or something that helps healing but is not a regular component of day-to-day meals. BTW there was an article in NT a few days ago that reads that in many cases drugs that are useful in fixing health issues have no positive effects on performance improvement of healthy athletes. So the Head’s position against WADA may deserve a calm consideration in case of meldonium. I don’t defend the likes of Maria Sharapova or Sun Yung. They knew they were cheating. (Just don’t understand why the punishment varies from four years to four months ban in former and later cases). But I don’t think that we have to shame people for using legal drugs just because those drugs were originally developed for clinic purposes.
P.S. I wish I were that young as you are Luigi. Don’t complain about your age. 🙂

Craig Lord

You (any of us) don’t have to shame anyone, Yozhik but you (we all) do have to tell it like it is: 99 cases of mea’m… all in need, all so sick this year alone in a niche area of elite sport? Really? And when it comes to a millionaire tennis player with untold resources at her disposal and a duty to know what the WADA Code says – and plenty of warning in the mix (Russian swimmers were sent this information from the moment the stuff made the warning list) it stretches credulity that she would not have done something about a need to switch medicine in the 15-month warning period (at least) she had before the drug made it to the banned list. And the folk at Head, whatever case they may have (and if they have one, then let’s all hear it in a court of law or at least at CAS), are being disingenuous if they don’t acknowledge that.


Yozhik, you said I broke your heart when I told you I was a lawyer, but here you are really playing the devil’s advocate. We are not talking shark fins or some kind of berries here, we are talking drugs developed in labs. You say until it’s legal we can’t point fingers. That is a very legalistic approach. But if you look at the substance of the case, the sad reality is that these people were taking a drug developed for heart condition knowing that it helped their performance (the manufacturer openly declared so). I once read an article on an Italian newspaper about the drugs that a professional cyclist was taking legally, and it just listed the various illnesses that he allegedly had and I swear it made you laugh your ass off. I mean the guy on paper was in such bad shape that he should not even try to get out of bed in the morning, let alone climb the steepest mountains on a bike. A true sportsman should not wait for a drug to end up on the black list to give it up. But maybe I dream.

ps I don’t complain about my age. I just tell it as it is. 🙂


Luigi but you don’t have anything against a shark fin despite the fact that the only difference between it and the drug developed at lab is the concentration of effective ingredients. I see nothing immoral to eat such drug at tea time for years if it doesn’t have dangerous side effects and it makes my liver healthier and because of that makes me to perform better as sportsman.
If all these stories about chronic bad health is the part of “catch me if you can” game and people who do that are mentally ready for cheating then I will not empathetic to them if the necessity of the usage of such drug becomes one day a sad health reality.
On the other hand should true sportsman stop consuming a shark fin because it can be black listed someday?
Your statement that whoever comes to drug store in search for the drug that promises in description the improvement of basic vital processes is doing that with cheating in mind maybe very correct. Who knows. Then the legalistic approach (that you are obviously hate) can be the only one that we should be guided by,leaving ‘dream’ sentiments aside.

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