• Give us one ‘clean’ one

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    ROMY P. MARIÑAS

    ROMY P. MARIÑAS

    Show me the allegedly dirty ones from countries other than Russia and then you in the anti-doping bodies can ban them all from the Rio Olympics.

    But you who are in the right for running after cheats in all sports have opted to pick on Russian track and field athletes for what you call systematic doping with blessings from Moscow authorities.

    To clear the air and spare you from being accused of selective justice, why don’t you make public the Russian “cheats” in the 100-meter sprint, the javelin throw, the high jump, etc. to shame them for trying to make their way to the podium in the most dishonest of ways?

    Of course, you won’t for such reasons as not wanting to prejudge them all, not doing so until the “B” tests shall have been confirmed, not wishing to destroy the careers of the “clean” ones.

    Meanwhile, investigation of other athletics powerhouses like Kenya, many of whose track and field stars are under the radar of the World Anti-Doping Agency, seemed to have been suspended, if not frozen.

    Mexico also seemed to have been spared, too.

    Our conclusion is that the 2016 Olympiad in Brazil would be stripped of expected stellar running of rising stars from Africa if Kenya’s middle-distance runners were stopped from taking part in the first-ever Olympics to be held in South America.

    The blanket ban on Russia makes it worse for marquee performances in Rio this August and worst for the country’s spotless athletes (there must be some if not many) who probably think of nothing but bring honor and glory to their motherland and themselves.

    With just two months to go before the curtains rise on the greatest sports show on earth, the IAAF stands firm on the total prohibition against participation of the Russian track and field athletes.

    That is a greater shame, the Russians having been the top performers in many Olympic Games, and without them being given the benefit of the doubt that they are “clean” means that other top track and field countries only have to give their B effort to win a gold medal.

    That would be a hollow victory for any winner because he won over a field that is second-best, not the crème de la creme of runners, javelin throwers, high jumpers, etc.

    The absolute ban on Russian athletics team, according to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), could extend to other sports, even Winter Olympic events.

    This latest announcement has led Moscow into accusing the IAAF, world track and field’s governing body, and the IOC of Cold War stereotyping.

    The accusation is fair, Russia having been judged by the West as part of the evil empire, as against the Disney world of the Americans.

    It was reported that if WADA weeded out the “dirty” Russian track and field athletes, only “three or four” would be able to make it to Rio.

    Then, make those “three or four” go to Brazil.

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