September 14th | By TrueActivist.com[caption id="attachment_39683" align="aligncenter" width="730"] A woman walks into the head office for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on November 9, 2015. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi/File Photo[/caption]
Hacktivists reveal special treatment for US athletes, suggesting the ban of Russian athletes at the 2016 Olympics was politically motivated.
In what will surely become a massive scandal for the sports world, a hacktivist group has revealed that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which receives $2 million annually from US taxpayers, allowed US athletes to take banned substances without consequence while prohibiting Russian athletes from participating in the Olympics and Paralympics for allegedly using the same substances.
Serena Williams, currently the world’s top tennis player, is taking oxycodone and hydromorphone, both of which are opioids, as well as prednisone, prednisolone, and methylprednisolone. All of these are considered banned substances. Her sister Venus has also been taking banned substances including triamcinolone, formoterol, prednisolone, and prednisone. Both sisters also had their doping legalized by WADA with each certificate being approved by Stuart Miller of the International Tennis Federation. The diagnosis that supposedly justifies the use of these banned substances is also listed as confidential.
The Williams sisters have not issued an official response following the leaks at the time of this article’s publication. Elena Delle Donne, a US basketball star, was also shown to be taking amphetamines and hydrocortisone. She claimed the hydrocortisone was for pain related to a recent surgery, but that would not explain her use of amphetamines.
Before the 2016 Rio Olympics, WADA was very concerned by the use of these same drugs that were allegedly used by some Russian athletes. WADA led an investigation of doping within Russia which ultimately led to a ban of 1/3 of the Russian Olympic team and all of the Russian paralympic (disabled or terminally ill) athletes.
Though only a handful of Russian athletes were implicated, WADA accused Russia of “state-sponsored” doping which led them to recommend an unprecedented blanket ban on all athletes, preventing many clean athletes from competing. Some clean athletes, such as Russian long jumper Daria Klishina, were banned the day after they arrived in Rio to compete.
In addition, an anti-Russian sentiment was on full display when Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova was booed by crowds at the Olympics, causing her to tear up on more than one occasion. Other Russian athletes were also booed while competing, including athletes never accused of doping, causing the media to speculate about an “Olympic Cold War.” However, as the leaks reveal, it’s not the use of the banned drugs that matter to WADA as much as the athletes’ nationality.[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Russian athlete Yulia Efimova reacts in response to crowd’s booing following Russian doping allegations, credit – rediff.com[/caption]