DISINFO: All countries use doping
  • Outlet: Pervyi Kanal (archived)*
  • Date of publication: December 09, 2019
  • Outlet language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 176
  • Countries / regions discussed: Russia
WADA Doping

DISINFO: All countries use doping


All athletes are dirty: we must have the facts that American athletes use it [doping], German athletes use it, French athletes use it. There’s no way one country is doing it and all the others are clean.


No evidence given. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the World Anti-Doping Agency and the state-sponsored doping scheme of Russian athletes. The disinformation message is an example of "whataboutism": attempting to discredit an opponent’s position by accusing them of hypocrisy, typically with no evidence. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has banned Russia from participating in major sport events for 4 years. The unanimous decision by WADA's executive committee was made after Russia's Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) was declared uncompliant with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) – the document harmonising anti-doping policies in all sports and in all countries. It was not isolated instances of Russian athletes using doping that led to the ban, but rather "the blatant breach by the Russian authorities of RUSADA’s reinstatement conditions", which according to the head of WADA, "demanded a robust response". Read more here.


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