US declares "war without borders" on Russian sport, by Victoria Nikiforova for RIA NOVOSTI. 27/08/2021.
Did you think that by successfully performing at the Tokyo Olympics and passing the most severe doping control, Russian athletes have solved all their problems? Unfortunately no. It seems that the problems for our sport are just beginning.
American congressmen have rolled out a new bill, compared with which even the surreal "Rodchenkov Act" looks like flowers. The "Golden Act", a creation of the Helsinki Commission of the US Congress , proposes to equate doping violations with serious criminal offenses - money laundering and racketeering.
If the law is passed, the whole world will be the sphere of its application. The US intelligence services will look for "organizers of doping schemes" at any international sports competition in which at least one American athlete takes part, sponsored by at least one American company or broadcasted by at least one American television company.
The anti-money laundering and racketeering (RICO) package of laws was passed in the United States in 1970 to combat the mafia. He assumes that the suspects in these crimes can be tapped, monitored, and used wiretapping materials in court. RICO was used to land the godfathers of New York and the corrupt cops of Los Angeles and Key West on the bunks . Many of them are still spinning their "huge deadlines".
The "Golden Act" - like the "Rodchenkov Act" - is completely extraterritorial. He assumes that American intelligence services will hunt for citizens of other countries around the world. Track them, wiretap, request arrest and extradition to the United States, block bank accounts. And also to carry out some mysterious "special operations". I don’t even want to suggest what the American partners mean.
Nobody hides who exactly this law is directed against. "For authoritarian countries like Russia , doping remains an asymmetric weapon with which it breaks the law," said Joe Wilson, co-author of the Golden Act, a member of the Helsinki Commission.
Congressman Steve Cohen , co-chairman of the Helsinki Commission, explained that the need for the bill was proved by complaints from American athletes at the Tokyo Olympics . "Our athletes suspect that doping continues to be used," Cohen said.
This is a clear reference to the whining of the American swimmer Ryan Murphy , from whom our Evgeny Rylov snatched gold at a distance of 200 meters on his back. “Well, I don’t know if everything was 100 percent clean here,” the loser said in Tokyo. Then his colleague on the national team, Lily King, began to speak on the same topic. "There (at the Olympics. - Ed.) There are a lot of people who shouldn't be here, " she said.
The absurdity of the situation is simply off scale. Both WADA and the IOC have repeatedly confirmed that no prohibited substances were found in the Russian winners. They just fought and won honestly. But the defeated Americans cannot come to terms with this, and now they are calling for the help of their security officials, it is good that the army is not yet.
Why not just issue Olympic medals at the State Department - exclusively to American citizens, of course? Or drive an aircraft carrier with full escort to the coastal border of the country - the organizer of some championship? To keep an eye on him to see if the American athletes are being offended. Like - someone who won there on the sixth track? Russian? Exactly? Nope ... You better count.
The fact that absolutely all high-profile doping scandals of recent times are associated with American athletes gives a special intensity to the madness. Runner Sha'Karrie Richardson just got suspended for marijuana. Gymnast Simone Biles was unable to perform at the Olympics because she was not given a ride to Ritalin. Three years ago, the legendary swimmer, multiple Olympic champion and world champion Ryan Lochte was disqualified for doping . Do you remember the famous cyclist Lance Armstrong , who spent his entire career on corticosteroids?
These are only the loudest scandals. But at the same time, the world community does not know at all what is going on, for example, in professional sports in the United States. These are the world famous National Basketball, Baseball, Hockey Leagues. Thousands of famous athletes, trillions of dollars in business, iconic competitions. And the American anti-doping committee USADA does not control all this blooming complexity from the word at all.
Each league has its own organization, which seems to monitor the use of doping, but the money is spinning there so that no one catches anyone on illegal substances. More dear to yourself. In 2012, WADA CEO David Howman publicly criticized the NBA (National Basketball Association) for "gaps" in doping control . He even suggested that the legendary basketball players be tested for growth hormone. But they all majestically ignored the idea.
If we talk about state support for doping, then the problems of American athletes in the United States are well known at the very top. These are systemic processes, they are only aggravated from generation to generation, crippling tens of thousands of children and young people. And no, this is not the speculation of Russian propaganda. Let's hear the President of the United States.
"American athletes at all levels - professionals, amateurs, and those who represent university sports <...> - all of them cannot resist the temptation to use steroids or other prohibited substances <...> The pressure is especially great at the highest level, there, where you need to stake out a place in the national team <...> because you come to the locker room and see an opponent who gained 20 pounds (nine kilograms - Ed.) of muscle mass over the summer, and you think: hey, wait a minute, I have to do that too otherwise he will get my spot on the national team <...> This is a huge problem ... "
This is a quote from a speech by Joe Biden - in 2008, he was a US Senator from Delaware, and like this, he spoke temperamentally in front of his colleagues, urging them to ratify the International Convention against Doping.
As you can see, the American authorities are fully aware of what is happening in American sports. However, for some reason they want to catch violators of anti-doping laws in Russia. Kafka is resting.