To say the Russia is a “bad guy” on the world’s stage may be crass, but it’s certainly not all that controversial.
Take, for instance, the current situation in Europe, where Russian forces are gathering for what the international intelligence community has deemed an “imminent invasion”, while the Kremlin insists that the world needs to butt-out and let Vladimir Putin do whatever he wishes with the tiny, resource-heavy nation.
Now, to compound the matters of Moscow’s immoral reputation, it appears as though the Russians competing in the Olympic Games, (who are not competing under the Russian flag on account of a ban accrued by using performance-enhancing drugs), are again using performance-enhancing drugs.
The International Olympic Committee delayed the medal ceremony for the team figure skating competition on Tuesday over what it said were “legal issues” but according to one report, a Russian skater has tested positive for drugs.
A source told USA Today on Wednesday that one of the six members competing for the Russian Olympic Committee tested positive for drugs after winning gold in the three-day team event which concluded on Monday.Trending:
The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, did not identify which skater turned back the positive test.
IOC spokesman Mark Adams later told reporters during a daily news briefing that the issue required “legal consultation” with the governing body of skating. He offered little information other than confirming that “We have athletes that have won medals involved.”
Reporters on Wednesday speculated if the issue could affect the podium.
“Let’s, for the sake of understanding, wait for some explanations either from our sports officials or from the IOC,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in response to questions.
As of this writing, no official explanation has been provided for the delay.