Originally Posted by newfydog
Bringing it back to skiing, I remember Primoz telling me the Eastern block, like Russians and Kazahks didn't dope any more than other teams. Funny, I havn't seen the Canadian team being threatened with exclusion from the Olympics
And you think money, and a bit of general "hate" towards ex-eastern block, doesn't play the role here? In 2001 there was Nordic WCH in Lahti, where they caught almost complete Finnish team (with Isometsa, Kirvesniemi, Myllya, Kuitunen and Jauho, plus Immonen, but he never played significant role in xc skiing so everyone tend to forget him), and noone ever mentioned to cancel every year's WC opening in Kuusamo, every year's WC in Lahti (Lahti games), not to mention there was no request about exclusion of Finnish team from any competition, including running WCH in Lahti. Even though they caught Varis (3 or even 4 times... twice in xc skiing and once or twice in biathlon) in years following, there was still no such request toward and of Finnish teams.
PS: Just to clear any possible misunderstanding... I have nothing against Finns. My wife is Finn, my agency does whole lot of work for Finnish photo agency, so there's nothing bad about this. But I just picked this case, to show you that latest "request" from FIS (which in reality are not as strong as presented in media), have also some other reason, not just pure fight against doping
PS #2: I don't know how complete, accurate or up to date is this list:
but based on this, there were 4 Russians found positive, one more from "eastern block" (Kowalczyk, Poland), and everyone else (14 out of 19) are from "never been doping or cheating" west One German, ok officially when caught Spanish (Muhlegg), 5 Austrians (plus their coach Walter Mayer who has life ban from IOC to ever attend any sport event as athlete, coach, or any other official), and 8 Finns. So based on this statistics, "eastern" block is not really all that bad, don't you think so?