Aug 1, 2008

Tainted Glory

I may have reported on a certain "Return to Glory" a few days ago ( Well, it looks like the glory has already been tainted.

NYTIMES: A sting operation conducted over the past 16 months resulted in the doping suspension of 7 female Russian track and field athletes, 5 of them Olympians, bringing international embarrassment and dealing a potentially severe blow to the country’s medal chances in middle-distance running and field events at the Beijing Games.

Among those barred were Yelena Soboleva, the world’s top woman this year at 800 and 1,500 meters, and Tatyana Tomashova, who won a silver medal in the 1,500 at the Athens Olympics in 2004. The Russians denied that doping subterfuge had taken place, but unless the barred athletes succeeded on appeal, those chosen to participate at the Beijing Games, which open Aug. 8, would not be allowed to compete.

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