Two years later, another whistleblower – Grigory Rodchenkov, former head of RUSADA – told the New York Times that Russia was operating a carefully planned and state-sponsored doping scheme. Rodchenkov`s claims were more damning. As a result, they do not compete under the flag, and the Russian national anthem is not played during the Olympics. However, they will wear uniforms that include the colors of the country`s flag, much to WADA`s dismay. Russia`s suspension for doping dates back to an independent commission organized by WADA in 2015. It was led by the agency`s former president, Dick Pound, and revealed that Russia had implemented and supported a doping program. This was confirmed in 2016 after whistleblower Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov told The New York Times how Russian state doping helped them do well at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The name change did not affect the Russians` performance at the Tokyo Olympics. The ROC contingent has won a total of 40 medals so far. ROC athletes managed to win 11 gold, 16 silver and 13 bronze medals at the 2021 Olympic Games.
With a week of action remaining, the ROC is expected to add a few more medals to its roster. ROC athletes are not allowed to compete under the Russian flag. They are not allowed to use the Russian flag or have the Russian symbol anywhere on their uniform or vest. If an athlete has Russia somewhere in the uniform, he must also mention the neutral athlete. In addition, the national anthem is not played if a player from Russia wins a gold medal. ROC athletes have performed well: at the time of writing, they have won 52 medals (opens in a new window) and are in third place for the total number of medals. When asked about doping (opens in a new window) among Russian athletes, some Olympic swimmers said they still felt it was happening. U. Rowing player Megan Kalmoe tweeted that the Russian team that won silver “shouldn`t even be here and her win gave her an `awkward feeling`. As a result, Russia has been subjected to various sanctions.
In addition to the withdrawal of several previous medals (opens in a new tab) and the exclusion from the 2018 Winter Games (opens in a new window) by the International Olympic Committee and some participants who received a lifetime suspension (opens in a new window) from the International Federation of Athletics Federations, WADA ruled that Russia could not use its flag. Name, anthem or official in competitions for four years. The verdict was the heaviest sentence to date. The quasi-religious group Love Has Won claimed to offer wellness advice and self-care products, but what was actually served by their late leader, Amy Carlson Stroud – self-proclaimed “mother god” – was much darker. How our current conspiritualist culture is to blame. Sarah Oates, a professor and expert on Russian propaganda, told Yahoo! Sports that the ROK`s decision only deepens the rift between Russia and the United States, noting that Russian state media outlets ridiculed the move. “Russia is an expert in the use of propaganda. This fits with the consistent Russians narrative that athletes have been treated unfairly as further evidence of how Russia is generally treated badly around the world,” she said. “Russia is your team and you tend to support your team even in the face of scandals. This could benefit the Kremlin to stoke anger against the international community and strengthen Russian nationalism. That being said, Russians are a pretty demanding audience and will probably be a bit cynical about their government. At the Opening Ceremony of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, IOC President Thomas Bach told the IOC Refugee Team: “Dear refugee athletes, with your talent and human spirit, you show how refugees are an enrichment for society.
You had to flee your homeland because of violence, hunger or simply because you were different. Today, we welcome you with open arms and offer you a peaceful home. Welcome to our Olympic community. If the name “Russia” is written on an athlete`s jersey, the words “neutral athlete” must also be written. However, athletes will continue to wear uniforms in the country`s colours, as required by IOC guidelines, according to the independent report. Eagle-eyed fans of the Tokyo Olympics will have noticed that at these games, Russian athletes compete under “ROC” and not under “Russia”. ROC stands for Russian Olympic Committee (opens in a new window), and hundreds of “ROC” athletes compete under the flag of the Olympic rings instead of the flag of Russia (opens in a new window) – it is a workaround so that, despite an international doping scandal (opens in a new window) that shook the world of sport in 2019, can compete.