Only the Olympic drama surrounding the conditions of Rio De Janeiro have shadowed the doping allegations of the Russian athletes heading into next months summer games. If the antidoping officials for this summers Rio Olympics get their way there will be no Russian competitors the upcoming Rio Games.
According to The New York Times, antidoping officials from at least 10 nations, including the United States (and 20 athletes groups), are in the process of requesting the entire Russian Olympic team be barred from the games. The ongoing alleged state-sponsored doping program controversy has taken on a life of its own.
The New York Times printed a report nearly two months ago that alleged that a Russian doctor revealed he was ordered to cover up the use of performance-enhancing drugs by “dozens” of Olympians from the 2014 Sochi Games. The instructions, according to the doctor, came from the Russian government.
The entire Russian track and field team has since been suspended by the I.A.A.F for the Rio Olympics due to the 2014 tests on the Russian track team.
With the Rio 2016 games just under three weeks from the opening ceremony it isn’t an exaggeration to say there hasn’t been such an Olympic mess since the United States refused to take part in the 1980 Games in Russia by boycotting Moscow due primarily to the Soviets invasion of Afghanistan.
The Soviet Union and other countries would later boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
CG Technology Race and Sportsbook have updated their Rio Summer Olympic Futures and included Russia in portions of their charts.