by Vlad Fedorov
member of RCC
Last night the news came: the International Olympic Committee decided not to disqualify the whole Russian team from participation in the Olympic Games. I must say I’m not interested in sports and, more precisely, not interested in the coverage of sport events in the media. I have no sports channel in my TV package and I don’t care when they show the Super Bowl on TV and who reached the final in NHL play outs.
Last month, the story of Russia’s participation in the Olympics in Rio occupied headlines in the news, so it was simply impossible to ignore it. CBC especially tried hard to outdo them all. CBC TV showed an interview with an informant and athlete Yulia Stepanova. It was nothing but the same statement repeated over and over again about the alleged Russia’s state-sponsored doping program to manipulate the anti-doping test tubes. CBC really tried to present Stepanova as a hero, despite the fact that she made this statement only after she was caught doping.
On July 19th CBC radio aired an interview with Richard McLaren, a Canadian lawyer and the author of the latest WADA report on alleged doping by Russian athletes. In the interview, the host tried to have McLaren directly blame Putin. However, McLaren dodged the question by saying that he has no evidence to claim that Putin knew about the doping schemes. CBC did not hide its disappointment after learning about the IOC’s decision against banning all Russian athletes from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. No one seems to remember that a few days ago a hundred of athletes worldwide, 23 of them medalists were tested positive for drugs.
Doping in sport is no doubt a direct result of obtaining victory at any price, because victory leads to fame and money. There are few who can resist such temptation. This applies to all countries. Thus, the decision of the IOC to ban individual athletes convicted of doping instead of a ‘blanket-ban’ on the whole team is the only correct one, provided that the IOC and the World Anti-Doping Agency really want to fight this evil. Moreover, this rule should be applied to athletes from all countries.
In this light, the CBC’s position can only be described as Russophobic. By shaping the public opinion based on selective information and biased commentary, CBC undermines Canada’s reputation. We know that our economy is teetering on the verge of recession. Pursuing such a confrontational policy towards Russia will only aggravate the situation. Cooperation with Russia in trade, Arctic, tourism, etc could contribute to the strengthening of the Canadian economy. Unfortunately, we are witnessing a different trend, and CBC has a hand in this.