Speiriscope

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - LATITUDE -

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:

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