How do Russians feel about the drug rulings.

How do Russians feel about the drug rulings.

Post by Peter » Wed, 27 Feb 2002 05:56:35


On the one hand, they lose one gold medal.  On the other hand, they
gain a gold medal.  So it came out as a wash.
 
 
 

How do Russians feel about the drug rulings.

Post by Diploma » Wed, 27 Feb 2002 18:56:32

Russian TV said something like:
Lazutina has been stripped of a medal for using a drug that was not
prohibited! This decision should be appealed. At the same time Mikhail
Ivanov has become Olympic champion. (and no comment on that Muehlegg could
also appeal)

Already cited Sport-Express daily was much more balanced and said that
Russian officials were the ones to blame for letting Lazutina and Danilova
start in the race, actually after the positive drug tests results.

As to me, I am very glad for Ivanov. Even his silver was much more pleasant
than Lazutina's gold - because it was unexpected.



Quote:
> On the one hand, they lose one gold medal.  On the other hand, they
> gain a gold medal.  So it came out as a wash.


 
 
 

How do Russians feel about the drug rulings.

Post by y_p_ » Thu, 28 Feb 2002 05:09:36

Quote:

> Russian TV said something like:
> Lazutina has been stripped of a medal for using a drug that was not
> prohibited! This decision should be appealed. At the same time Mikhail
> Ivanov has become Olympic champion. (and no comment on that Muehlegg could
> also appeal)

I think that some reporting of the facts in the Russian media is
misinformed or misleading.  The drug was so new that it wasn't
on the IOC banned list.  But anyone who knows what it is understands
that it is definitely a performance-enhancing drug.  I believe the
IOC rules outline that a drug doesn't necessarily need to be on the
list to merit disqualification.  I believe the phrase is "chemical
manipulation".

I remember the first time I read about this new EPO-like drug, I
thought to myself, "So when will we hear about athletes taking
the stuff?"