An investigation in 2016 by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found evidence of state sponsored doping resulting in the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) being banned from international events.
A verbal altercation between a Canadian delegation member and Russian coach has garnered the attention of Fancy Bears resulting in a February 7th post on their site chastising Canada’s efforts in the previous winter games in addition to covering up an athlete’s doping activities during the Olympic Games in Rio. The incident occurred early […]
A useful exercise in evaluating the long-term effects of Russian interference in the culture of other sovereign nations is the visualization of the long-term ‘hacking’ of government and industry websites. This serves as a surrogate for visualizing the information warfare that has been occurring since, at least, 2008. By analogy, and with reference to the […]
The International Olympic Commission has sanctioned the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russia.
Once again Russian doping is a key topic at the International Olympic Committee (IOC). And once again the IOC bans Russian athletes from competing. This time it is the 2018 Winter Games scheduled for February. The IOC’s actions follow a 17-month investigation of Russian manipulation of testing during the 2014 Sochi Games, during which The […]
While nineteen Russians are participating at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in London as neutral athletes, the IAAF voted overwhelmingly against allowing Russian athletes from participating in the World Championships this week. The Russian Federation was suspended by the IAAF from participating in international world events due to the World Anti-Doping […]
On the cusp of the IAAF world championships London games next month, the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) may reinstate the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) in early August. ARAF membership was severely impacted by the 2015 report from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that exposed systematic state-sponsored doping in Russia. The issue was so […]
The Obama Administration’s public announcement linking of a series of high profile cyber attacks against U.S. targets has raised the specter of an all out information and propaganda war to a new level. The Russian hacker group that is collectively known as Guccifer 2.0 is believed to be behind recent breaches of U.S. government […]
There is no shortage of controversies at this year’s Olympics, whether they are caused by the athletes, the organizing committees, or someone else. The IOC sent home Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby for refusing to shake his Israeli competitor Or Sasson’s hand after losing to him on Friday. When called back to the floor to […]
This year’s Olympics have been difficult for the Russian team, especially following the state-sponsored doping scandal. Someone illegally gained access to Yulia Stepanova’s electronic World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) account. Stepanova is a track and field athlete for Russia, and she was the whistleblower that drew attention to Russia’s state-sponsored doping program. The hack allowed the […]
Liamin and Barsouk of Russia shockingly upset Pedro and Evandro of Brazil in match three, 15 to 10. Russia, ranked 23rd in the tournament beat the number 4 ranked team, Brazil, who had home field advantage and the crowd on their side. Pedro is known for having the absolute best jump serve in the game… […]
The FISA Executive Committee decided that 22 of the 28 Russian rowers cannot participate in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games because they did not follow the IOC’s anti-doping criteria. Previously, the Russian Olympic Committee approved 26 rowers and 2 coxswains for its Olympic team. None of these athletes tested positive for banned substances since 2011, […]