The injustice done to Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva demonstrates the unfair political nature of the Olympic games. Yelena Isinbayeva is the world’s best female pole vaulter. She has 3 Olympic gold medals and 3 World Championships. Yet she has been banned from the Rio Olympics because other Russian athletes were involved in doping.
Yelena Isinbayeva has never used performance enhancing drugs and has never even been accused of doping. In fact, Yelena Isinbayeva for years has repeatedly and strongly spoken out against doping in Russian athletes.
The Russian Track & Field athletes were given a total ban, so that even the completely clean Russians like Yelena cannot come to Rio. This is very strange, since in other sports, like swimming, Russian athletes are allowed. The swimmer Yulia Efimova is allowed to compete, despite having failed drug tests twice in the past.
Yelena Isinbayeva is not taking her ban quietly. She has decided to attack the cause of the problem, which is the Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF). This is the body that promoted the “win at any cost” culture that lead to and even promoted doping.
We at East Coast Stories hope that Yelena Isinbayeva does become the President of the Russian Athletics Federation. It would demonstrate that Russia actually has respect for its athletes and will now stop using them as expendable political pawns.
Most experts agree that Yelena Isinbayeva does not have a chance at becoming President of the ARAF. The job will go to a friend of Vladimir Putin, who will use the position to skim money and award high paying jobs to other friends of Putin. That is the reality of modern Russia.
But wouldn’t it be great if instead, the Presidency of the ARAF went to the 34 year old pole vaulter from Volgograd? If we had a vote, Yelena Isinbayeva would get ours.
- read our story about Yulia Efimova is Being Unfairly Treated
- Read Yelena Isibayeva Wins In Rio
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- Read our essay Never Say “Whatever It Takes”
- Read The Naked Swim
- Read The Original Naked Swim
- Read The Girl From Greiz And Her New Trabant