‘How unnerving our victories are’: Russia hits back at doping talk

‘How unnerving our victories are’: Russia hits back at doping talk
In a tense press conference on Friday the US swimmer Ryan Murphy voiced his concerns over doping in the sport without directly accusing his conqueror, Russia’s Evgeny Rylov

O Russian Olympic Committee has hit back at talk of their athletes doping at the Olympics with a statement declaring it is “absolutely right” they participate in the Games.

Russia was banned from Tokyo 2020 after the country’s sophisticated state-sponsored doping programme was uncovered, and they were further found guilty by the Court of Arbitration for Sport of failing to comply with a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation.

Contudo, athletes were allowed to represent the national Olympic Committee rather than the Russian flag itself, a controversial decision which has seen more Russian athletes compete at Tokyo, 335, than in Rio five years ago, as well as given Russia a place on the medal table in all but name.

In a tense press conference on Friday the US swimmer Ryan Murphy voiced his concerns over doping in the sport, saying he was “probably swimming in a race which wasn’t clean” after losing his 200m backstroke crown to Russian athlete Evgeny Rylov.

Britain’s Luke Greenback, quem ganhou bronze, adicionado: “There’s a lot of media around the Russian federation coming into the Olympics. It’s frustrating seeing that as an athlete, having known that there is state-sponsored doping programme going on and more could be done to tackle that.”

Rylov responded to their comments, dizendo: “I have always been for clean competition. I am always tested. I will fill out all of the forms. From the bottom of my heart, I am for clean sport. I am devoting my whole life to this sport. I don’t even know how to react to that. Ryan didn’t accuse me of anything so I’d rather not react to what he said.”

The Russian Olympic Committee made a pointed tweet, complete with a picture of Greenbank and other athletes who have questioned their place in the Games.

“How unnerving our victories are for [algum],”Leu o tweet. "Sim, we are here at the Olympics. Absolutely right. Whether people like it or not. But you have to be able to lose. But not everyone is given this. The old hurdy-gurdy has again started up the song about Russian doping. Someone is twisting the handle carefully.”

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