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Destanie McCauley, Staff Writer
Russian athletes have a recurring theme of doping in Olympic Games. Even in the most recent Olympic games, having their whole team suspended and forced to compete under the name ‘Olympic Athletes from Russia’.
In previous games, specifically the 2014 games, a handful of Olympic athletes were a part of a state run doping program led by Grigory Rodchenkov, the director of Russia’s doping program at the time. This ploy was in the works for many years to ensure they didn’t get caught.
Rodchenkov developed a three drug cocktail of banned substances mixed with liquor and gave it to the russian athletes. This was one of the most successful doping plots in Olympic History.
The Director and his colleagues got away with this scandal by switching dirty urine with clean urine collected months prior to the testing. They managed to break into seal proof bottles, replacing urine for testing the next day. Rodchenkov estimated that they replaced around 100 dirty samples.
The IOC placed a ban on Russian athletes competing in the 2018 games after two competitors had failed doping tests. The first being Aleksandr Krushelnitckii, who was stripped of his bronze medal after accepting a suspension for failing his drug test. The russian curler claimed he must’ve had his drink spiked, denying taking the meldonium found in his test results.
The second Russian athlete failed her doping test, was Nadezhda Sergeeva, testing positive for a banned heart medication. The Russian Bobsled Federation said that Sergeeva had passed a drug test just five days earlier. They also said they did not understand how the substance had shown up on her drug test.
Because of Russia’s numerous amount of doping scandals, other athletes, U.S. included, have said they’re planning to protest the Sports’ World Championship final, which will be hosted in Tyumen, Russia in March.
But, it was not just russian athletes who tested positive in the Games. Two other athletes failed drug tests. Ziga Jeglic, a hockey player, had tested positive for a banned asthma medicine that enhances airflow to the lungs. Japanese Speed Skater, Kei Saito, was sent home after testing positive for a diuretic and masking agent.
It is unlikely that drugs are ever going to be fully eradicated from the Olympic world. Officials will continue to increase crackdowns on doping in the future.