GamesBids.com presents the ninth annual Top Ten list of Olympic Bid Stories for 2016. These stories impacted the course of Olympic host city bids, or the Olympic bid process, and formed interesting plot lines and story arcs for the year. We’ll run them down from 10th to 1st as the year ends – click on the links for details.
Top Olympic Bid Stories of 2016: #8 – Revealed Widespread Doping Conspiracy Rocks World Sport
The rules of our “top-ten stories of the year list” require that the themes included are connected to Olympic bids or the Olympic bid process. At first glance, it may seem that the release of the McLaren Report in two parts this year, detailing the state-sponsored doping conspiracy and cover-up of tainted Russian athletes, does not qualify.
But that would be naive.
The shocking revelations contained in the report rocked the foundation of international sport so significantly, that nothing could escape the ripples, not even the seemingly unrelated Olympic bid process.
By winning the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games bid, Russian officials were allegedly able to leverage the opportunity to implement a clandestine cover-up operation in the official World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) certified lab in Sochi. It was the culmination of test runs conducted at other Russia-based events.
The report suggests that over 1,000 Russian athletes were invloved.
Moving forward, there may be greater emphasis on how bids plan to combat doping at their Games should they win the contract to host. Additionally it may be a generation, or more, before Russia will be considered to host the Games again.
The IOC has already requested that Russia be denied the opportunity to bid for and host major events in the near future while the investigations are still underway, and just last week Königssee, Germany replaced Sochi as host of the 2017 International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) World Championships. Other world championship events slated for Russia have also been moved.