It’s starting to look as if heading the Russian anti-doping agency, Rusada, is a very dangerous job. The man who headed the agency until his resignation in December 2015 is now dead of an apparent heart attack. Nikita Kamayev is reported to have been out cross-country skiing, returned home and complained of pain. He died.
The spokesperson for Rusada said in a statement to the press that Kamayev had not been ill and had not complained about heart troubles.
Kamayev resigned from his post late last year as scandal broke out around doping issues. The World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) alleged that widespread doping of Russian athletes was occurring. The IAAF subsequently suspended Russian athletes from international competition.
Kamayev’s death follows closely upon that of Vyaacheslav Sinev who headed the Russian anti-doping agency prior to Kamayev. Sinev died on February 3, 2016. No cause of death has been reported.
The damning WADA report accused Russian state sponsored and promoted the use of performance enhancing substances. They allege that bribes were paid and that a former head of the IAAF conspired with President Putin to improperly resolve doping issues.
The IAAF has now published the names of Russian athletes who are banned from international competition. The list includes over 4000 names. Some medals won by fellow athletes as far back as 2001 are now tainted.
This has put the participation of Russia’s athletes in the 2010 Olympics in jeopardy. Aside from the humiliation of accusations of state sponsored cheating, President Putin is likely to be reliving his disappointment in 1984 when he was set to compete in the Olympics in judo.
It’s not just track and field athletes that are getting caught at cheating. The professional cycling world is constantly catching cheats. Tiny assist motors are one of the ways cheating may be happening. Doping of athletes is more commonplace. Russian cycling team Katusha has had a rider suspended for failing his drug test.
Cheating is not limited to Russian athletes. Kenyan athletes are currently on a watch list. There are 18 suspended athletes at this time.
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