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Biathlon scandal gets worse, Russians claiming innocence!

Delusional, endemic or just plain corrupt? The Russian Federation's answer to the three positive tests in biathlon is "These drugs aren't on your banned list, so we can't be suspended".

CERA is a new form of EPO, the biggest illegal drug in endurance sport which now has 10 varieties. This particular variety is not on the banned list yet, so the Russians have sent all their team to Korea for next week's World Championships, claiming they can't be banned. "Our scientists are better than your scientists!". This isn't a cough medicine or asthma medication, this is a drug developed purely to cheat.

How many Russian athletes are going to end up dead before they turn 40 because their body has been systematically infested by man-made drugs? Virtually every women's world record in athletics has the massive tarnish of drugs cheat on it, certainly every record set more than 10 years ago, of which there are plenty. Why are none of these records remotely close to being challenged? Even Marion Jones, the fastest female athlete of the past 20 yrs couldn't break Flo Jo's record and then she turned out to be a serial cheat as well! Drugs, drugs and more drugs. Any coincidence that few of these athletes are still alive? How many cyclists of the last thirty or forty years have died young due to being pumped so full of steroids their body couldn't cope?

This story threatens to split the sport of biathlon. How would you feel if you've busted a gut your entire life to compete against factory-developed cheats? Drug cheats ruin sport, they kill the dreams of aspiring athletes and they ruin the enjoyment for the fans. Kick them out, and kick them out now. There should be no room for second chances.

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