A lab director at the 2014 Olympics says that he provided athletes with a three-drug cocktail of banned substances mixed with liquor in a systemic and state-run doping operation by Russia.
The operation reportedly involved four members of Russia’s cross-country ski team and two bobsledders who won two gold medals.
Russian anti-doping experts and members of the country’s intelligence services would also replace urine samples that were tainted by performance-enhancing drugs with clean urine collected months earlier. Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, who was in charge of the testing lab, estimated that as many as 100 dirty urine samples were expunged.
The cocktails consisted of performance enhancing drugs that would help athletes recover faster and improve endurance. Alcohol (Chivas whiskey for men and Martini vermouth for women) was used to speed up absorption of the steroids and shorten the detection window for testing. Dr. Rodchenkov was sure to use one milligram of the steroid mixture for every milliliter of alcohol.
Russia topped the medal table with 33 medals, including 13 golds. Russian athletes did not test positive at the Olympics but did top the WADA report on positive tests by country for 2014.
Why does Russia Cheat?
Because cheating is endemic in Russian sports. This is driven by their hyper nationalist politics which feed off the idea that Russia is strong and superior and that it is victimised by everyone else. Having world-beating athletes is an extension of this, and is why the Russian attitude to the ban is directly or inferred, that the rest of the world is victimizing them and singling them out as they all hate Russia etc.
This is also why Russia has a massive global PR information / propaganda campaign about their military capabilities, real or imagined. They want the world to be afraid of them as it legitimizes they hyper nationalist rhetoric. Any time the west develops a new military system, tank, plane, submarine etc the Russian response is two fold – one to associate that with a direct threat against Russia specifically as they are being victimised as the world supposedly hates Russia etc. Two that Russia has super weapons that can counter and defeat anything the west develops because Russia is strong etc.
It’s all just a part of a giant (and totally ridiculous) inferiority complex that Russians have, and how smart politicians in Russia have exploited this for generations. “Russia is superior, and everyone hates us.” Etc. You can see why the doping/cheating thing is very important to them.
The hope is that the people of Russia can see the truth – that nobody hates Russia, the west aren’t going to invade them and we don’t care how hard they think they are or how good their athletes are as we aren’t going to fight them – as nobody in the west wants a war. The sooner they realise this and that Putin and his rather cynical hyper nationalism is all a bygone relic from ancient history and fundamentally misrepresents Russia’s imagine and status on the world stage, the better Russia will be