A recent hack of the World Anti-Doping Agency has revealed that athletes are being given a "free pass" and their use of banned substances is being swept under the rug.
The information leaked by the group behind the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) hack raises lots of questions, as it revealed that some healthy athletes were allowed to use doping while the whole Russian Paralympic team was banned only on suspicion, Vladimir Putin has said.
"We don’t approve of what hackers do, but what they’ve done is definitely of interest to the international community, especially the sports community,” the Russian president said, as cited by RIA Novosti.
“It raises a lot of questions. It turns out that healthy athletes legally take medications that are prohibited for others, and the people who obviously suffer from serious illnesses and severe disabilities are being banned from the Paralympics only on suspicion of using some kind of drugs,” he added.
Earlier this week, hacktivists from the cyber group ‘Fancy Bears’ released files revealing that top world athletes had received the green light from WADA to take banned substances.
Prominent US sports stars - including tennis players Serena and Venus Williams, multiple Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles, and basketball player Elena Delle Donne - were mentioned among those who had received exemptions from WADA.
fyi - those given the green light also include Russian, US, German, UK, Czech, Danish, Polish and Romanian athletes.
The biggest question, of course, is why the entire Russian Para-Olympic Team, as well as their Track and Field Team, were banned based on suspicion, while the athletes noted above sailed through with a winning smile .....?
Christ, didn't take long for the wheels to start flying off WADA, huh? Dick Pound was smart to bail when he did. Even if he "took the credit" for his brave "expose" and such. Brave Sir Dick.