We can't believe this isn't getting bigger play. When CAS through out the doping suspensions for a ton of individual Russian athletes, the Russians acted like that meant there wasn't state-sponsored doping. Far from it. It just meant that there wasn't individual proof in all of those cases.
In our Week That Was this week, we said we hoped CAS would rule whether or not state-sponsored doping occurred. Well we got our wish sooner than we could have hoped.
WADA issued a statement this week pointing out that CAS has acknowledged Russia did in fact do state-sponsored doping.
"WADA welcomes the remark made by the CAS Panel that it was ‘faced with evaluating an unprecedented response to an extraordinary situation, that is, a state-sponsored doping scheme.’"
"WADA also welcomed the Panel’s remark that ‘It may be that non-sanctioned individual athletes, including the Applicants, are prevented from participating in the Olympic Games simply because they are citizens of a country that has been found to have engaged in a systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules. However, in light of the IOC’s overall objective to balance the interests of clean athletes and the fight against doping against the interests of individual Russian athletes, the Panel concludes that any unfairness was a consequential effect of the suspension of the ROC and that the process was neither discriminatory nor unfair.’"