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The Liars Fold: Russia Vindicated Once Again

Surprise, surprise: The International Olympic Committee laments there is “insufficient” evidence of Russian doping

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We live for these moments.

As they say in America, “a lie gets halfway to Wal-Mart before the truth has a chance to put its Crocs on”.

<figcaption>Russia always rises above the lies</figcaption>
Russia always rises above the lies

Yes, it's finally happened.

The truth has finally caught up with the World Anti-Doping Agency and its International Olympic Committee pals:

WADA has admitted that Richard McLaren’s 2016 report on the alleged use of doping by Russian athletes is “not sufficient to bring successful cases,” the International Olympic Committee said.

“At the recent meeting (21 February) held by WADA in Lausanne to ‘provide assistance to IFs [International Federations] regarding how to analyse and interpret the evidence,’ it was admitted by WADA that in many cases the evidence provided may not be sufficient to bring successful cases,” Christophe De Kepper, director-general and member of the executive board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said in a letter to IOC.

Finally, justice. And just in time to allow all Russian athletes to participate in the Rio games...Oh wait.

Based on the first part of McLaren’s report published on June 18, 2016, which presented the results of his investigation into alleged doping at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, WADA recommended that the IOC, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and all international sporting federations exclude Russia from their competitions. The entire team of Russian Paralympians was consequently banned from the Rio games.

We could spend all day re-dissecting the McLaren report, but it's clear that the IOC has already accepted reality: It's a bad, bad, bad, poorly done politically-motivated hit job.

If you want the details, you can read this or this or this.

Mark Chapman nailed it back in August:

Bullshit. From start to finish. No western athlete would have to put up with a ban on competition just because he or she was American or Canadian or Dutch, and he or she would damned sure not be told to accept a ban where he or she had not even seen the evidence against him or her because it was secret.


The McLaren Report does not prove anything it purports to prove, and it will not stand up to a challenge.


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