NO doubt everyone was shocked this week when an independent inquiry detailed a complex system of widespread doping in Russian sport, especially at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
We are, of course, kidding. These days the only thing most modern sports fans would find shocking is if an investigation revealed there was NO drug cheating at a major international competition such as the Olympic Games.
Still, the report, compiled by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren for the World Anti-Doping Agency, was scathing, revealing allegations Russian government officials engaged in sample-swapping in Sochi.
It found positive tests were covered up and “dirty” urine samples were swapped with “clean” ones using methods developed by Russia’s domestic intelligence service (FSB),while the deputy sports minister, Yuri Nagornykh, decided which athletes would be protected.
McLaren’s report uncovered Russian drug cheating on a massive scale, with evidence of doping in 30 sports, led by track-and-field and weightlifting. Russian track-and-field athletes have already been banned from the upcoming Games, and now the World Anti-Doping Agency’s executive wants all Russian teams banned from Rio de Janeiro.
The tragedy is, in the wake of ongoing revelations of drug cheating in almost any sport you can name, no one seems surprised, which is kind of sad. In a sincere effort to deliver some real surprises to jaded fans, here’s our personal eye-opening list of the Top Non-Drug-Related Olympic Scandals You’ve Probably Never Heard Of: