Is Vladimir Putin a paper tiger

Gotzmann: WADA downgraded to a "paper tiger"

Russia's Olympic team traveled to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with a general suspicion of doping in their luggage. The CEO of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), Andrea Gotzmann, still cannot understand that this is possible. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had renounced a complete ban on Russia and thus rejected a corresponding recommendation from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

NADA boss Andrea Gotzmann

"It's going in the direction of the paper tiger, that's a degradation," said Gotzmann. "You installed an institution because you wanted independence in anti-doping work, and then the council is ignored. That is a weakening of WADA." And also of the entire anti-doping system, says the NADA boss: "The credibility of the system has been shaken because the rules and regulations were not applied and a special situation was created." Instead of "taking matters into their own hands", the IOC has now "delegated the decision about the right to start the Olympics for Russian athletes to the international federations, with a variety of individual decisions".

Not a trace of self-criticism

The Russian Olympic team flew with around 270 athletes to the Summer Games in Rio on Thursday. The exact number of Russian Olympic starters will not be known until the end of July, when the international associations have completed the review of Russian athletes. When the team left in Moscow, there was no trace of self-criticism. Alexander Zhukov, President of the National Olympic Committee, emphasized again, according to the Tass news agency, that there was no systematic doping in Russia. On the contrary: after all the allegations, Russia will have the cleanest team in Rio. President Vladimir Putin once again spoke of a "targeted campaign against our athletes". At the farewell in Moscow there were also athletes who are not allowed to start in Rio. Pole vault double Olympic champion Elena Isinbayeva shed bitter tears in front of Putin. The World Athletics Federation IAAF had excluded all Russian athletes from the games in Rio. "They made us angry," said national handball player Polina Kuznetsova. "We will fight even harder to show that Russia's will cannot be broken. We are fighting for the athletes who are not allowed to fly."

Pole vault Olympic champion Jelena Issinbejewa breaks down in tears when the Rio team says goodbye

Three Russian cyclists excluded

The world cycling association UCI approved the start of eleven Russians in Rio, three riders were refused entry. The UCI announced that they were "possibly" involved in the doping organized by the Russian state. Three other drivers had previously been banned from the Olympics because they had already been banned for doping. The international federation of wrestlers accepted 16 out of 17 Russian fighters. Only freestyle wrestler Viktor Lebedew is not allowed to travel to Rio because he tested positive for doping at the Junior World Cup in 2006. At the 2012 Summer Games in London, Russia was the most successful nation in wrestling with eleven medals.

sn / ck (dpa, sid)