TOKYO — The controversy over the International Olympic Committee’s determination to permit about 330 athletes from Russia to compete at these Games regardless of years of state-sponsored doping lastly bubbled to the floor Friday on the Tokyo Aquatics Centre after the boys’s 200-meter backstroke, the place the silver and bronze medalist known as into query the Russian gold medalist’s victory.
“It is a huge mental drain on me … that I’m swimming in a race that’s probably not clean,” Ryan Murphy, one of many captains of the U.S. Olympic swimming workforce, instructed reporters within the blended zone after profitable the silver medal behind Russia’s Evgeny Rylov.
“It frustrates me, but I have to swim the field that’s next to me,” Murphy stated. “I don’t have the bandwidth to train for the Olympics at a very high level and try to lobby the people who are making the decisions that they’re making the wrong decisions.”
Murphy, 26, the 2016 Olympic champion in each the 100 and 200 backstroke who settled for a bronze to Rylov’s gold within the 100 backstroke earlier this week, was not alone in his issues about Russian doping.
‘It’s irritating understanding there is a state-sponsored doping program occurring and less being carried out to sort out that,” bronze medalist Luke Greenbank of Great Britain stated. “It’s obviously a very difficult situation not knowing whether the race is clean. … It’s a strange situation but I’ve got to keep my mind on my own situation and focus on what I can control.”
Neither recognized by identify those that they consider are dishonest, and Murphy later congratulated each Rylov and Greenbank.
When requested immediately whether he is clear, with Murphy and Greenbank seated beside him in a information convention, Rylov replied, “I have always been for clean competition. … From the bottom of my heart, I am for clean sport. … Ryan didn’t accuse me of anything, so I’d rather not comment.”
Russian athletes are actually competing as the “Russian Olympic Committee” after Russia was banned from the Tokyo Games. The ROC responded on Friday to criticism from a number of athletes this week.
“English-language propaganda, oozing verbal sweat in the Tokyo heat,” the ROC said in a translated tweet. “Through the mouths of athletes offended by defeats. We won’t console you. Forgive those that are weaker. God is their decide. And for us – an assistant.