Top three sporting controversies of 2016

  • FIFA: In 2016 FIFA confirmed many high-ranking officials being part of fraudulent dealings, racketeering, and money laundering. On February 26 of Gianni Infantino to replaced the beleaguered Sepp Blatter as FIFA’s president.
  • BCCI vs Lodha: The BCCI and the Lodha Committee saga went on throughout the year. Anurag Thakur took over the reins in BCCI, after the resignation of Shashank Manohar, and he straightaway attracted controversy.
  • Russia doping: A World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) probe, conducted by lawyer Richard McLaren, said doping in Russia took place at an “unprecedented scale”. He said over 1000 Russian athletes competing in the Olympics, Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games between 2011 and 2015 had been involved in, or benefited from, manipulations to conceal positive doping tests.

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