WADA discriminates Russia; Norwegian athletes use drugs that are not allowed

Summary

Interestingly, WADA is trying to discriminate Russia, while on the other hand Norway, whose athletes, mainly skiers and biathletes, are severely ill on paper and use serious drugs that are not allowed to so-called healthy athletes, and they perform under their own flag. 

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no evidence given, aligning with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the World Anti-Doping Agency and the denial of state-sponsored doping scheme of Russian athletes. This message is an example of "whataboutism": attempting to discredit an opponent’s position by accusing them with no evidence. Russia has received the same treatment as any other country probed for doping violations. See here debunking by Polygraph.info.

There is no evidence given for the claim for Norwegian state organised doping of athletes. 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 178
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Serbian
  • Country: Russia, Norway, Serbia
  • Keywords: Doping, WADA, Russophobia
  • Outlet: Sputnik
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There is no evidence of Russia’s state-sponsored doping

The data were submitted as part of RUSADA’s conditions of return after a three-year suspension on charges of state-sponsored doping, which Russia categorically denies. The investigation into the Russian state’s sponsorship of the widespread doping campaign in 2015 was launched by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren. Although the investigation did not produce results, RUSADA was suspended.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative saying that there is no evidence of Russia state-sponsored doping

The McLaren report is an independent investigative report of state-sponsored doping scheme of Russian athletes. After months of denying, Russian officials themselves have already admitted there was a widespread doping programme.

WADA made a political decision against Russia

WADA made a political decision against Russia.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the World Anti-Doping Agency and the denial of state-sponsored doping scheme of Russian athletes.

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.

In November 2018 three Ukrainian warships carried out a provocation in the area of the Kerch Strait

In November 2018 three Ukrainian warships carried out a provocation in the area of ​​the Kerch Strait.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the Kerch incident.

On 25 November 2018, border patrol boats belonging to Russia’s FSB security service seized two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and a tugboat and their crews after shooting at them, wounding several Ukrainian servicemen and arresting 24 members.