The Court of Arbitration for Sport recently ruled that Russian Alexander Legkov should have his gold medal from the Sochi Olympics reinstated. It had been stripped because of doping allegations. (Dmitry Lovetsky/AP Photo/Feb. 23, 2014)

Doping casts ‘dark shadow’ on Olympics, says ethics advocate


The twists and turns of the doping scandal involving Russian athletes is “very, very messy” and has caused a lack of confidence in the Olympics on the part of athletes and the public, says Paul Melia, president and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport.


IOC accused of mismanagement

“It didn’t have to come to this if the IOC (International Olympic Committee) had taken the right action back two years ago. But they didn’t and so they’ve continued to mismanage the situation and we find ourselves in the mess we’re in today on the eve of the games.

Melia says the scandal is an unwanted and unnecessary distraction for Canadian and other clean athletes preparing to compete in Pyeongchang, Korea. He says it sows cynicism among the public who may change their viewing habits and he thinks sponsors should complain because it could affect their interests.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko told Associated Press Russian athletes whose doping bans were lifted deserve to be treated as “clean and hones” at the Pyeongchang Olympics. (Pavel Golovkin/AP Photo)

A labyrinth of developments

The latest news is that the IOC rejected a request to invite to the games13 Russian athletes and two supporting staff who were among the 28 whose bans were overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport last Thursday.

This all started in 2016 when independent investigator and Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren issued a report which indicated that beyond a reasonable doubt there was a significant state-sponsored doping program in Russia going back as far as 2011 and during the Sochi Olympics.

Based on this the World Anti-Doping Agency urged the IOC to ban Russia from the Rio Summer Games in 2016 which it did not. Instead it called on the international sports federations to deal with the issue.

Finally in December 2017, it imposed a ban but Melia says the IOC created many loopholes which eventually led to the current situation.

Follow the code, urges Canadian

To remedy the situation Melia things the IOC needs to do two things: “It probably starts with the IOC following their own Olympic values rather than catering to political and economic interests when they’re confronted with evidence of state-sponsored doping. That’s number one.

“Number two, they should follow the World Anti-Doping code of which they’re a signatory…Two years ago, when the evidence was presented of the state-sponsored doping program that Russia was running, the World Anti-Doping Agency called on the IOC to ban Russia from going to Rio. The IOC refused to do that. They refused to follow the code.

“So, going forward, I think they have to follow the code and not make up their own rules as they go along.”

Says Melia , the doping scandal “is certainly going to cast a dark shadow over the games.”

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