As Rio Olympics is just around the corner, there are too many controversies surrounding it, from a bid to gender equality, to players getting injured as well as getting evicted regarding the dope test. The biggest of all controversy is over the fear of Zika virus which affected Rio Olympics the most. Most famous player who opted out of the Rio Olympics is Roger Federer, due to an injury in his knee he opted out of the tournament and was later on joined by his compatriot and the world no. 4 Stan Wawrinka who also pulled out of this year’s Olympics due to his continuous struggle with a back injury.
This being a big blow to the tennis event, a major blow will be that almost half of the world top 10 tennis players will not be taking part in these games either due to an injury or due to fear over Zika virus. Another controversy that surrounds the 2016 Rio Olympics is regarding the disqualification of all the Russian Athletes, due to widespread doping violation. Russia currently will not qualify as a team for these Olympics or other international competitions, and unless this suspension is lifted in time, Russia will be unable to send an athletics delegation to these Games. This decision of the IAAF was confirmed by a five member task force on 18 June 2016, which reported that Russia had failed to fully address its “deep-seeded culture” of doping.
Though to be fair with the athletes the IAAF then stated on 24 June 2016, that athletes from Russia seeking “exceptional eligibility for International Competition” will be considered only if they can clearly and convincingly show that they are not co involved in the Russian system, they might get the permission to compete,”not for Russia but as a neutral athlete.” On 1st July 2016, Yuliya Stepanova became the first neutral athlete to be qualified under this rule.
Likewise in Boxing Turkey’s Adem Kilicci, who secured a quota place in the men’s middleweight division with a top two finish in the AIBA Pro Boxing Rankings (APB), was suspended after his doping samples from London 2012 came back positive in retesting for steroids. As a result, Turkey’s Olympic license was redistributed to Ukraine’s Dmytro Mytrofanov. In wrestling too Vinod Kumar Dahiya of Australia earned a quota place in men’s Greco-Roman 66 Kg at the African & Oceania Qualification Tournament, but tested positive for doping, giving his nation’s Olympic license to New Zealand.
In women’s Wrestling Mongolia’s Erdenechimegiin Sumiyaa and Ukraine’s Oksana Herhel were originally qualified but both of them tested positive in the doping test giving their nation’s spot to India and Moldova respectively. If any more players decide not to go to Rio Olympics, we’ll be the first to tell you. So, stay tuned for further update and support India in the Olympics.