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New report shows doping institutional and systemic among Russian athletes

Russia's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko meets with Paralympians after a volleyball game at the Novogorsk Training Center, outside Moscow, on September 8, 2016, as part of the country's two-day competition for its athletes banned from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games over evidence of state-run doping. / AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV        (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
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Russia's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko meets with Paralympians as part of the country's two-day competition for its athletes banned from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games over evidence of state-run doping.

The Russian state government conspired with thousands of athletes and coaches to undertake a doping program in the Olympic games, according to a latest report.

The Russian state government conspired with thousands of athletes and coaches to undertake a doping program in the Olympic games, according to a latest report.

The research, commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, is an update to the initial discovery of doping in July earlier this year. What the latest round of investigation found is abuse of performance enhancing drugs on an unprecedented scale. “A systematic and centralized cover-up” served over a 1000 athletes, stated Canadian investigator Richard McLaren. Over 30 sports, including football, were affected.

What will happen to the gold medals now if the athletes are found guilty of doping? What mechanism is really in place for international anti-doping agencies to police individual states? How did the institutional agenda assist the sportsmen and vice versa?

Host Larry Mantle checks in with Ed Hula, editor in chief of Around the Rings, and Dr. John Gleaves, professor in Kinesiology at Cal State Fullerton, on the latest with regard to the doping scandal in the Olympic games.

Guests:

Ed Hula, editor in chief of Around the Rings, a publication devoted to covering the Olympics

John Gleaves, assistant professor in Kinesiology  at California State University, Fullerton.  He specializes in the history and sociology of  performance enhancing drugs in sports.

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