Seeds: Back in November members of the Russian track and field team were suspended from competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero because of allegations of state-sponsored doping (this means that the country itself, in this case Russia, allowed or oversaw the doping). The team is implicated in doping schemes that not only involved using prohibited substances, but also in replacing samples required for testing with untainted ones. The team won 8 gold medals in track and field in the last summer Olympics, so this loss is quite possibly a large one.
Core: These Russian athletes remain banned from the Olympics by officials, but may choose to compete as neutrals if they can prove that they’re clean. Because of these findings, officials have been retesting samples from previous Olympics and have found that 60 or more athletes that competed may have been on drugs.
Skin: This situation has not only made the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) more skeptical of Russia, but also of competitors in general. The climate of the summer Olympics is tense in many ways (read about how instability in government and the Zika virus is making the climate in Rio more and more tense.
Leaves: It is quite likely that the committee will test more stringently for doping now that this team has been caught.
Food For Thought: Do you think more teams are doping? What do you think the committees should do?