Travis Tygart, Director General of the US Anti-Doping Agency, criticized the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in the fight against doping, focusing on Russian athletes, as it became known on Saturday, July 31.
“It is of course unfair to question the performances of any individual athlete, and they are all presumed innocent until proven otherwise. Russia continues to hide the fraud and deserves a harsher punishment. Now everyone can see that this ban is a farce. It can hardly even be called a rebranding, and it will not stop corruption in Russia. But it will probably give courage to others who want to win by any means. Insufficient punishment allowed Russia to laugh at the Games with its thirst for medals, not values, “Tigert is quoted as saying. Yahoo sports…
In addition, the head of the department for the fight against the use of prohibited substances began to talk about a kind of “dark cloud” that “Russian state and sports officials” enveloped themselves in, adding that they “pushed their athletes out of the hurricane.”
Thus, Tygart spoke in defense of the American swimmer Ryan Murphy, who hinted to the Russian athlete, gold medalist Yevgeny Rylov, about the use of doping. Acting Director General of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency Mikhail Bukhanov said that Rylov was tested three times and, moreover, passed an additional test in the international federation.
As a result, Murphy wrote to the Russian on Instagram and explained that there was a misunderstanding at the conference. The athletes settled all the issues among themselves, and the American apologized for the incident.
The Russian swimmer won a gold medal and set a new Olympic record in the 200m backstroke. According to the results of the competition, the athlete showed a result of 1.53.27. The silver medal went to Murphy with a score of 1.54.15, and the bronze went to the British athlete Luke Greenbank with a score of 1.54.72.
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.