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Doping spat: Russian Olympic Committee hits back after US swimmer questions whether gold medal winner was ‘100% clean’

Murphy, who was the reigning Olympic champion in each the 100m and 200m backstroke disciplines, earned a bronze within the 100m and silver within the 200m, whereas Rylov gained gold in each.

Shortly after Friday’s 200m last, Murphy was requested by a reporter whether he had any issues about doping in relation to his races.

“I’ve acquired 15 ideas, 13 of them would get me into a whole lot of bother,” stated Murphy.

“It is what it’s. I attempt to not get caught up in that. It is a large psychological drain on me to go all year long, that I’m swimming in a race that is most likely not clear and that’s what it’s,” the American added.

Murphy (left), Rylov (middle) and Greenbank (right) pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the men's 200m backstroke final.

The International Testing Agency (ITA) instructed CNN on Friday that it has to this point collected over 3,000 samples from over 2,000 athletes as a part of Tokyo 2020’s anti-doping program. So far, they’ve been no ‘opposed findings,” in line with the ITA.

Russian athletes aren’t competing underneath their nationwide identify on the Olympics attributable to persevering with sanctions over doping. Those sanctions are nonetheless in place for the widespread use of a state sponsored doping program which was uncovered in 2016.

That means Russian athletes are formally acknowledged as members of ROC.

Rylov is one in every of 335 ROC athletes competing on the Games.

At a later information convention, sitting alongside Rylov and Great Britain’s bronze medalist Luke Greenbank, Murphy clarified his feedback saying that he was talking extra broadly about doping in swimming.

When requested whether he believed the race was clear, the 26-year-old stated: “I feel the factor that’s irritating is which you can’t reply that query with 100% certainty and I feel through the years that is, I imply that is sort of come out … I do not know if it was 100% clear and that is due to issues which have occurred over the previous.”

Rylov reacts after winning the gold medal in the men's 100m backstroke.

“I have to be clear … My intention is to not make any allegations right here. Congratulations to Luke and Evgeny. They did an unimaginable job, they’re each very gifted swimmers,” he stated.

“At the top of the day … I do consider doping in swimming. That it’s what it’s.”

Greenbank echoed Murphy’s sentiments.

“It’s clearly a really tough scenario not realizing whether who you’re racing in opposition to is clear, however I feel it is one thing that is a part of the game, it is a irritating scenario however I’ve simply acquired to maintain my thoughts on my race and the issues I can management.

“Obviously there’s a whole lot of media round sure nations on this Olympics, and clearly it is irritating seeing that as an athlete, realizing that there was a state-sponsored doping program occurring and that extra may have been performed to sort out it, but it surely’s not for me to make these selections.”

Asked by a reporter to touch upon Murphy’s response, Rylov stated he had all the time trumpeted equity in sport.

“I’ve all the time been for truthful sports activities and for truthful competitions, so I’ve all the time taken drug assessments, I all the time fill the ADAMS types (World Anti-Doping Agency doing management database).

“I’ve devoted my complete life to this, so I may by no means forgive myself if I had taken something. So, I do not know find out how to react to this. Ryan hasn’t accused me of something. Therefore, I do not wish to reply something on this,” Rylov added.

The Russian Olympic Committee wasn’t practically as diplomatic. It released a strongly-worded assertion on Twitter rebuking Murphy’s allegations.

“How unnerving our victories are for [some]. Yes, we’re right here on the Olympics. Absolutely proper. Whether individuals prefer it or not,” it learn partly.

USA Swimming was not instantly out there to remark when contacted by CNN.

In December 2020, requested how clear he thinks the Tokyo Games can be, 23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps bluntly told CNN Sport’s Don Riddell: “Four or 5” out of 10.

“I can truthfully say that all through my complete whole profession, I do not know if I ever competed in a clear subject,” added Phelps.

Rylov competes in the men's 200m backstroke final.

The ITA is a non-profit company set as much as “handle anti-doping applications, impartial from sporting or political our bodies, for International Federations, main occasion organizers and all different organizations requesting assist.”

In an infographic despatched to CNN, detailing it is Tokyo 2020 anti-doping program, the ITA stated a few of the most examined sports activities to this point have been aquatics, rowing, athletics, biking and weightlifting whereas a few of the most examined groups are these of the United States, Australia, China, Great Britain and the ROC.

“Laboratory evaluation are ongoing. Any opposed discovering constituting an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRVs) might be introduced ahead by the ITA earlier than the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s Anti-Doping Division,” the ITA instructed CNN in assertion. “Any such proceedings might be reported publicly. No ADRVs have been reported thus far.”

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