Russian doping: 8 excuses for using drugs in sport

'That's crazy, I would never do that' - Lance Armstrong
Blame the wife - Dennis Mitchell
Cocaine kisses - Richard Gasquet
Double trouble - Mauro Santambrogio
I didn't do it… until later - Mark Bosnich
Cuba-American Mafia - Javier Sotomayor
Get your hands off me - Justin Gatlin
Contaminated cattle - Lenny Paul

Perhaps the most infamous doping case of all had no elaborate excuse at its heart: just a flat denial – “That’s crazy. I would never do that. No way” – and years of staying one step ahead of the testers. Armstrong had a glittering career, with seven Tour de France wins and millions of dollars in the bank, but the rumours and doping allegations refused to go away, despite being aggressively denied by the cyclist, who wasn’t afraid to take libel action against his accusers. In August 2012, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) finally charged him with doping based on blood samples from 2009 and 2010 and testimonies from witnesses. Armstrong eventually admitted doping in a TV interview with Oprah Winfrey the following year

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

With the threat of a total ban from the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games hanging over them, Russia has reacted with fury to allegations that the country's athletes have been involved in a massive 'state-sponsored doping programme'. 

A report from world anti-doping body WADA uncovered hundreds of "disappearing positives" affecting 22 of the 28 sports that will be contested at the Rio Games, but Russian officials blamed the findings on "the interference of politics in sport" and coupled it with a version of the childhood favourite "he did it first", saying: "Other countries don't have any fewer issues, but for some reason they are searching for problems in Russia all the time."  

Not for the first time in the world of drugs in sport, the evidence of wrongdoing seems compelling.

But that doesn't stop the accused parties trying to explain away positive results - as the gallery above reveals