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 in the week in a cafeteria located in the athlete’s village. While no details were provided by the Russian coach, a Canadian Olympics official issued an apology. The hard feelings originate from the Russian National Federation and systematic support of doping activities during the 2014 Sochi Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics. 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.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics in December, permitting individual Russian athletes to compete under strict conditions as an “Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)” without their national flag or anthem. Some believe Russia cheated Canada out of a medal during the 2014 Sochi Games in the luge competition not just due to doping but also by tampering with the track temperature. Adding fuel to the fire, the lawyer that investigated the state sponsored doping for WADA is Canadian.
Fancy Bears used the verbal spat incident as opportunity to showcase Canada’s failure to win medals when they hosted the 1976 Summer Olympics and 1988 Winter Olympics. Fancy Bears also noted a Canadian program called Own the Podium (OTP) as a campaign led to delegitimize Russia because their athletes are better. With the Winter Olympics just starting and lasting until February 25th, it is sure to be eventful.