To Train or Not To Train
With all this anti-doping scandal and uncertainty of Russia going to Rio-2016, I feel bad for the athletes that still have to train and get themselves ready for the main competition in their lives.
Regardless to whether they agree to allow Team Russia to compete or not.
The footage attached shows Vasily Alexeev training for the competitions in the 1970s.
By the way, there is a lot of funny caricatures around the latest pre-Olympics events.
Some make fun of Vasily Alexeev. I would think suggest to twice before going into this. It actually gives a wrong idea to people that are not familiar with the history of sports. Obviously, Olympic weightlifting is one of the usual suspects for WADA and Alexeev was a colorful legend of Soviet sports back then. Still, Alexeev had never been banned or caught using forbidden substances.
Knowing his character, I would never made fun of his appearance or done any false accusations about him.
It would have been a dangerous and risky exercise back when he was alive.
Please be fair. Respect the memories of the champions that are no longer with us. If you want to learn more about the history of Olympic weightlifting, please feel free to visit the Lift Up.