List of shame: Gatlin is just the tip of the iceberg - these are the 101 convicted doping cheats participating in Rio

Even without the banned Russian athletes, you don’t have to look far to spot an earlier doping offender at the Olympic Games in Rio.

DOPING OFFENDER: Justin Gatlin is the biggest symbol of all the athletes competing in the Rio olympics who have failed a doping test in the past. The American sprinter has testet positive twice and he was suspended for four years the second time, from 2006 to 2010. Photo: AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez / NTB Scanpix
DOPING OFFENDER: Justin Gatlin is the biggest symbol of all the athletes competing in the Rio olympics who have failed a doping test in the past. The American sprinter has testet positive twice and he was suspended for four years the second time, from 2006 to 2010. Photo: AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez / NTB Scanpix Vis mer
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(Dagbladet): The months leading up to the Rio Olympics have been littered with doping revelations.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has disqualified and banned a number of athletes after retesting their blood samples taken during the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Despite all this, it is the McLaren report, which proved that Russian athletes have been part of a state sponsored doping program on a massive scale, that has shocked the world to it’s core.

The World Anti Doping Agency, Wada, wanted to ban Russia from the Olympics on the basis of the McLaren report, but wasn’t heard in the IOC. Instead, the IOC passed the decision making over to each individual sporting federation, a move that hasn’t left the IOC President Thomas Bach unscathed.

The International Associaton of Athletics Federation (IAAF), however, decided to ban all Russian athletes from the competitions, while other federations welcomed Russian participation.

When the number of Russian participants were counted late Thursday, 271 Russian athletes were cleared for competition in Rio. Despite all controversy, Russia will still hold one of the largest contingencies of the Olympic Games.

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