It's very rare for this distinguished blog to get something right so you will forgive me if I wallow a little in self-righteousness today. For years I have summed up the Olympic games with the rhetorical question - 'Can our drug addicts beat their drug addicts?' Of course, that is a gross calumny on the very many clean athletes who gallantly lose to the testosterone-fuelled cheats who steam past them but, hey, everyone 'knows' so why didn't they take up knitting or some other hobby?
Anyway, the investigatory report has been made public and, I'm sure you will be surprised-not, it is now clear that the entire Russian Olympic effort from top to bottom, that is, from the government itself down to the individual athletes were complicit in forcing their athletes to snuffle more drugs than a black tenement in Chicago! The recommendation is that the Russians be booted out of all international athletics forthwith. The London Olympics were soiled and "sabotaged" by Russian cheating. Given that they cost me and you quite a few quid, perhaps Dave should try suing the Russian Federation - don't hold your breath!
Of course, 'the great drug-hazed elephants in the stadium' are all those other countries who were not investigated - and I do not exclude my own country. Instead of just banning Russia, the authorities should simply postpone the Brazil Olympics for at least two years (I suspect that financially the Brazilians would be much relieved!) whilst further detailed inspections are conducted in other countries. Kenya would be a good start!
What a total fester-pot track and field athletics has descended to from its once high plinth as the purest form of sport.