After the 2014 Olympics, Russia was banned from competing in any Winter Olympic Games for systematically doping all of its athletes including its Paralympic athletes and then creating an elaborate system to hide it.
This scandal is considered one of the largest and most sophisticated programs ever uncovered by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Despite this, over 168 Russian athletes are competing in the PYEONGCHANG, South Korea 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Russia did not make history by just supplying enhancement drugs to their players.
They made history by constructing an actual building in Sochi next to the laboratory that tested athlete’s samples
A small hole was then drilled in the shared wall where workers on either side would pass clean samples in and dirty samples out after the lab closed.
Resulting in Russia winning multiple medals and none of their athletes testing positive for performance- enhancement drugs.
Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the man who orchestrated the entire scheme, was then awarded a prestigious honor by Russian President Vladimir Putin
However, once WADA uncovered the doping scandal Rodchenkov fled to America for safety and in return admitted to the plot.
The lingering question is, how could Russian athletes compete after all this?
Well, individual athletes are allowed to take their case to the Court of Arbitration in Sport and possibly win an appeal, and that’s what happened, based on lack of evidence many Russian athletes were allowed to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
WADA director general Olivier Niggli briefly acknowledged Russia’s presence despite being banned on Thursday by saying, “It is no surprise you don’t have all the evidence you want.”
On opening day Wednesday, the U.S team was able to defeat Russia 9-3 in mixed-doubles curling.
Hopefully, Team USA can keep the momentum going!
This story will be updated once more information is available.