The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will discuss the words of the President of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) Travis Tygart, who called the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) sanctions against Russian athletes a farce. This was announced on Sunday, August 1, by the head of the IOC Doping Commission, Nenad Lalovic.
“Today, everyone can make the statements they want. Russian athletes are probably the most controlled now – in percentage terms, no country is as controlled as Russia. And what Mr. Tygart thinks and says is, I think, a reaction to the words of the swimmer (from the USA Ryan Murphy – Ed.). We will discuss this situation, of course, ”said Lalovic. TASS…
Earlier that day, USADA CEO Travis Tygart criticized the IOC for its anti-doping efforts, focusing on Russian athletes. According to him, Russia “continues to hide fraud and deserves a more severe punishment.” He also called the WADA bans against Russia a farce. Thus, Tygart defended the American swimmer Ryan Murphy.
Earlier, on July 30, after a swim in which Russian swimmer Yevgeny Rylov won the gold medal and set a new Olympic record in the 200m backstroke, runner-up Ryan Murphy admitted that the competition could be unclean. Later, he refused his words, explaining that he did not suspect the Russian swimmer of doping and did not mean a specific swim, but spoke about the general situation in the International Swimming Federation (FINA).
Acting Director General of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) Mikhail Bukhanov noted on July 30 that Rylov had been tested three times and was additionally tested by the International Federation.
The Russian swimmer later said that Murphy himself wrote to him and asked for forgiveness for such a misunderstanding that happened at a press conference.
Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov, in turn, called the publications of the American media about the “use of doping” by athletes of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) as unfounded. According to the diplomat, attempts to discredit Russian athletes at the Olympics are dictated by “the desire to get rid of fair competition” and, according to Antonov, this is contrary to the spirit of the Olympic movement.
The XXXII Olympic Games in Tokyo are held from July 23 to August 8. More than 11 thousand athletes from 206 countries take part in the competition, 339 sets of awards are played in 41 sports. The Russian team includes 333 athletes.