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Saturday, February 17, 2018

The doping scandal around Sharapova fit into a campaign on discrediting Russian sport


For doping tennis player Maria Sharapova at least a year will be suspended from participation in competitions. Now she will skip the upcoming summer Olympic games. Observers note that last shaft of doping scandals over Russia was no accident. Athletes of many countries caught doping, but it was the Russian trying to punish under the full program.

The Minister of sport Vitaly Mutko said that his Department had warned the athletes and the Federation that Meldonium, detected in the blood of Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, from 1 January 2016 included in the list of prohibited substances. “In all these cases, we need to understand the athlete himself applies it. Coaches, doctors, physiotherapists, leaders of the Federation should be responsible for it. The worst thing is that the athlete suffers”, – said the Minister TASS.

“It’s clear that everyone is willing to give back in Russia, but we will survive this attack”

A year without games

According to him, the use of Meldonium Russian sportsmen will be identified. “After the holidays will gather Federation. It’s not for me to announce, but such cases will be to the delight of our “friends”. It’s not a system. The people who do this, understand the responsibility,” he said.

Earlier the sports Ministry refused to comment on the situation with Russian athletes, in the samples which detected prohibited substance, pending investigation and adjudication of anti-doping organization. The corresponding statement posted on the official website of the Department.

Sharapova announced yesterday that in the sample taken during the Australian Open in 2016, was found a prohibited drug Meldonium. On the same day it became known that the doping sample Russian figure skater Ekaterina Bobrova also found Meldonium.

The first hearing in the case of Sharapova will take place on 23 March in London, as reported by Sky Sports journalist Paul Kelso. If it is proved that the Russian woman took the drug intentionally to improve their athletic performance, she faces a disqualification of four years. Sharapova will be temporarily suspended from participation in the competition from 12 of March.

The President of the world anti-doping Agency (WADA) Craig reedy confirmed that Sharapova found guilty of using banned drug, reports AP. In such situations, the athletes are punished by disqualification for one year, said reedy.

Forget about the Olympics

Well-known sports commentator, world champion and silver Olympic medalist in athletics Olga Bogoslovskaya admitted that he does not understand why a drug that Sharapova took 10 years, suddenly was banned. “Why now he was in the list of prohibited medicines? The impression that dig under the whole of Russian sport. Recently under the scope of anti-doping services are exclusively Russian athletes,” Bohoslovska told the newspaper VIEW.

She has no doubt that Sharapova will skip the upcoming summer Olympic games. “I feel sorry for Sharapova. Apparently the attorneys advised her demeanor. Like many athletes representing the United States, when caught in similar situation, she now pours ashes on his head,” she explains the behavior of athletes.

While talking about the punishment for Sharapova is still early. “I don’t know how it will go. However, with a very famous American athlete Tyson Gay has been loyal. He was knocked off the period of Ineligibility to one year, and he performed at last year’s world Cup, although the canons should not have to act on it. Maybe Mary will hire a very strong lawyers who will defend the truth as they defended the truth of Tyson gay,” believes a theological.

“There should be relief in punishment

The President of the Russian tennis Federation Shamil Tarpischev said the Agency “R-Sport” that failed the doping test will not affect the Russian tennis in General. “Let it be said that we don’t play at the Olympics now. No threat of Russian tennis after the doping test Sharapova no. Maria continues his career after this,” said the Tarpischev.

And the former world number one fifth Anna Chakvetadze is hoping for relief in punishment for Sharapova. “It was a shock, didn’t expect to hear about that. Me until tonight it seemed that our sport is clean. Judge for yourself. Knew how tougher anti-doping test, it seemed to me that in this respect everything should be smooth. Don’t agree that this is the only shot Maria Sharapova, is a blow to the whole sport. Maria is one of the brightest representatives of the tennis, and to lose a star of this magnitude is not just insulting, and wrong. I think that would be a punishment, presumably, six months,” said Chakvetadze.

She recalled that the Olympic games “on the nose”, and “Mary is one of the main contenders for medals.” “We want to make it to the Games by all means. She pleaded guilty think should be the relief in punishment. Hope it will be six months. If she will be able to compete at the Olympics, it will be great news for all the fans,” added Chakvetadze.

That this story should not have a negative impact on all Russian sports, sure the first Deputy Chairman of state Duma Committee on physical culture, sports and Affairs of youth Alexander shereen. “If Maria Sharapova has confessed to doping, perhaps, she as a grown man in sober mind and light memory knows, about what speaks, – he has told RSN. In any case, each must bear the responsibility individually. If any Russian athlete admits to doping, it does not mean that the mark should fall on the whole of Russian sport”.

On the eve Mutko noted that Russian doctors should pay more attention to his duties. “The drug is worthless. Nothing giving. Was told it should be closer to the athletes, doctors and trainers” – he lamented.

“All athletes are helping your body”

Bohoslovska believes that now is massive attack on the Russian athletes. And what is happening “fits into the context of the General political situation”.

“This topic is not new, it takes roots in Ancient Greece. The first Olympic Champions used a variety of drugs to help your body in one way or another severe nagruzkoi situation. It’s no secret that all athletes assist your body in one way or another. It is clear that now everyone is willing to give back in Russia, but we will survive these attacks. If the state is such people who win in sports battles, show the strength of our nation, then this nation is strong in everything else,” said she.

She stressed that hearing is also of Ethiopian and Kenyan scandals with doping, but they “do not receive such a wide response from Russian athletes”. “After the Olympic games was such a wave that the Kenyan, Ethiopian and Jamaican sprinters not very honest from the point of view of application of the forbidden preparations. But something quickly is all shrunken! Someone was given a month, anyone three months disqualification… And Russia gets the full program. I don’t tend to associate the use of drugs that help to digest the load, with the ideology of anti-doping agencies. What kind of harm one can tell if Sharapova took ten years Meldonium?” – asks she.

Bohoslovska believes that now is the time to review the list of prohibited substances and add back only those that “cause real harm to health”. “Only this ideology should be introduced to the international Olympic Committee,” she said.

The most decorated

Sharapova five times won the tournament series “Grand slam”, it is also a victory in the Federation Cup and silver medal of the Olympic games in London in singles. In total, she won 38 tournaments of Female tennis Association (VTA), 35 in singles. At the moment she is ranked seventh in the world rankings.

Bobrova and her partner in dancing on ice Dmitry Solovyov because of the positive result of doping test, will miss the upcoming world Cup in the USA. In early February Meldonium has also been detected in the doping sample Russian rider rider Eduard vorganov on occasion.

Meldonium belongs to the class of S4 (hormone and metabolic modulators) of WADA prohibited list. Meldonium (Mildronate) is used in sports to increase endurance of the organism to high physical loads during training and to high neuro-psychological stress during competitions. The detection in an athlete’s sample of this substance is a violation of anti-doping rules from 1 January 2016.

The author of a series of movies about doping in Russian sport, Hyo Seppelt said earlier that Meldonium was detected in the Russian athletes in 724 cases from 4316 during the study in 2015. This week the German TV station showed a new film Seppelt about doping in Russia called “Distraction tactic” (Top Secret Doping: Russia’s Red Herrings).

Seppelt questioned the fact that Russia in recent months have taken decisive steps to combat doping. In particular, the author accuses the new head of the Russian anti-doping Agency (RUSADA) Anna Antselevich that it is during his work in this organization on a different position was agreed with the athletes about the time they pass the doping tests.

Seppelt claims that he has audio of the current conversation of the head of RUSADA with one of the athletes. It is worth noting that the voice of Antselovich in the film not heard the text, a female voice recites in German. In addition, in Russian athletics, according to the journalist, there is still a practice of selling banned drugs to athletes people close to them.

Seppelt also considers non-accidental death of former Executive Director RUSADA Nikita Kamaeva, who allegedly shortly before his death was to hand in the foreign media and information about doping in Russian sport, wearing a revelatory character.

We will remind, in Geneva on 9 November held a press conference with WADA, on which the independent Committee of the organization has accused Russia of numerous anti-doping rule violations and recommended to disqualify Russian athletes from participation in competitions under its auspices, including the 2016 Olympics.

On 14 November, the IAAF Council decided to suspend the membership of the all-Russian athletics Federation (vfla) and to suspend Russian athletes from participation in competitions under the auspices of the organization.

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