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The Daily Vertical: The Doping Of Russia (Transcript)

  • Brian Whitmore

So this is your Olympic team -- and this is your Olympic team on drugs.

The World Anti-Doping Agency's report on Russia that was released yesterday couldn't have been more damning.

It described a massive state-sponsored program that extended across the vast majority of Summer and Winter Olympic sports, as well as an extensive cover-up operation that had FSB agents posing as sewage and maintenance workers to subvert drug testing.

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And as a result, the calls for an outright ban of the Russian Olympic team from this year's summer games in Rio are getting louder and more persistent.

Which means that one way or another, this year's games will be tainted. They will have a big asterisk attached to them.

Just as Vladimir Putin's regime is intent on destroying the rules-based international order, it is also wreaking havoc on rules-based international sports.

And when you think about it, Russia's treatment of its own athletes -- who have little choice but to participate in the Kremlin's illegal doping program -- is analogous to how it treats its citizens as a whole.

Athletes are being forced to break the law and put their health at risk for the greater glory of the Russian state.

And likewise citizens are being forced to sacrifice and live in deprivation for the greater enrichment of Putin's corrupt inner circle.

And in both cases, they often do so willingly.

And the brave few who resist, either as whistle-blowers or as dissidents, are branded as traitors.

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