Russians Are Slamming The World Anti-Doping Agency Report

GENEVA, Nov. 10, 2015-- Richard Pound, center,  president of World Anti-Doping Agency Independent Commission, members of Inde
GENEVA, Nov. 10, 2015-- Richard Pound, center, president of World Anti-Doping Agency Independent Commission, members of Independent Commission Richard McLaren, left, and Gunter Younger, attend a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on Nov. 9, 2015. An investigation launched by WADA probing into allegations of doping and corruption in Russian athletics confirmed on Monday 'the existence of widespread cheating through the use of doping substances and methods to ensure, or enhance the likelihood of, victory for athletes and teams.' (Xinhua/Xu Jinquan via Getty Images)

By Vladi Vovcuk and Jacob Steinblatt

Yesterday, a devastating report accused Russian athletes of doping on a massive scale. Today, Russians are taking to social media in droves to mock the agency, its members and its conclusions.

The 323-page report, released on Monday by the World Anti-Doping Agency (or WADA), implicates athletes, coaches, trainers and athletic institutions in a widespread drug-cheating program. It lays out how Russians competing in track and field, wrestling, lifting, and other sports used performance enhancing drugs at an international level -- and how government officials turned a blind eye. The reports' charges may lead to a ban on Russian athletes at future events, including the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Read More: Russia Could Be Banned From Rio 2016. Here's Why That's Not Surprising In response to WADA's report, hundreds of Russians on TV and social media bashed the anti-doping agency, arguing it had insufficient evidence and suggesting the accusations were part of an anti-Russian agenda.

Russian journalist Dmitry Guberniev on Match TV, a national sports channel, made a disparaging remark about WADA's chairman Dick Pound. Pound had said earlier that "doping probes in Sochi might have been manipulated, however the agency doesn't have the evidence to prove it yet." Guberniev responded by saying, "I met Pound on many Olympic games. You know what, he always seems to me like a woman, but I don't have the evidence to prove it yet."

Russian government officials also came out against the report. "As long as there is no evidence, it is difficult to consider the accusations, which appear rather unfounded," Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko responded to the WADA report by telling RT the accusations were "baseless and "really fictional." Russians also jumped on Twitter to support the backlash:

Translation: "Is this bating Mutko or a provocation before the 2016 Olympics?"

Translation: "And of course only Russian players are using dope. And it doesn't matter that other players around the world have been caught?"


Translation: "Let's be honest: The whole sport is on doping. But not everyone is accused of it."

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