June 29th, 2016

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Triple Testing For Drug Usage In Russia


Russian Minister of Sports Vitaly Mutko became world famous when he read mysteriuos “From de botom ov mai hart”  written for his acceptance speech for hosting FIFA World Cup in Russia in 2018.

It was a transcription from English in Cyrillic alphabet typed for Mutko who had no knoledge of English whatsoever. It impressed even President Putin who was able to learn how to play piano, to deep sea dive or to play hockey within 24 hours or less.

Putin gave a personal gift for Mutko’s birthday – a soft cover issue of Russian English phrasebook and dictionary.

Those were times of celebrations, jokes and loud laughter in Kremlin.

Now, with the meldonium scandals and Russian athletes being banned from Olympics, Kremlin rhetorics changed drastically.

“No more Games? No more games! Exterminate doping from our sports!” – with less than two months to the opening ceremony, Putin assigned Mutko to resolve the issue.

“Absolutely! Russian Olympians are now going to be tested for taking drugs three times -before, during, and after taking them!” promised Mutko this time.

Can the problem of doping in sports be resolved in 40 days? Only if we begin our reports with these “From de botom ov mai hart”…



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Welcome to the IWF, Burundi!


Burundi was ratified as 192nd IWF Member Federation by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Congress.

When I was a kid in Russia, I collected stamps. First time I heard about Burundi was through its colorful stamps.

Now, getting a new member aboard is a great news today. With big time weightlifting stars caught on doping violations and banning of countries from going to the Olympics in Rio in five weeks, welcoming Burundi to the weightlifting world is fantastic!

Burundi is quite a place to reach out with weightlifting.

It is a country with a long history of massacres and genocides, government corruption, people disappearances, arrests and claims of torture. Burundi has the same ethnic politics as Rwanda, where up to 800,000 Tutsis were killed in 1994.

In Burundi, the Hutus make up the majority of the Burundi population, but Tutsis dominate the army and the government. The last time the country went up in flames 300,000 people died.

Burundi is one of the world’s poorest countries – seven out of 10 Burundians live below the poverty line.

It seems to be ironic that with the ongoing war against PEDs in sports, the sports federations are least of all thinking about genocide and bloodshed in Burundi. Obviously, meldonium and steroids are the last things athletes of Burundi will be looking for.

Just keep lifting weights, Burundi! Welcome aboard!

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Helmut Balderis and Sergey Makarov


It’s a big day for Sergey Makarov and for all fans of Soviet and Russian hockey.

Legendary RW of the KLM line, brilliant forward of all times, Sergey Makarov has been inducted into the HHOF in Toronto, Canada. Besides Makarov, the Class of 2016 also included forward Eric Lindros, goalie Rogie Vachon and defenseman and coach Pat Quinn.

Makarov is the seventh Soviet player inducted into the HHOF. He joined such hockey legends as Vladislav Tretyak, Valery Kharlamov, Vyacheslav Fetisov, Igor Larionov, Pavel Bure and Sergey Fedorov.

Makarov played with our hero Helmut Balderis on many occasions. In 1979-80, Balderis, Makarov and Zhluktov were thrown to play in several tournaments of national team CCCP and for the Red Army in the Soviet Premiere League prior to the 1980 Olympics. The line is pictured in 1980 on the photo below.

Congrats to Sergey Makarov and our Balderisomania continues at Chidlovski.Com!