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International Olympic Committee Decides Against Complete Ban of Russian Athletes

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International Olympic Committee Decides Against Complete Ban of Russian Athletes


JUL 24 2016

The International Olympic Committee is playing kick the can: Passing their struggle with cheating athletes on to other organizations. The IOC has decided against a complete ban on Russian athletes from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. It is leaving it up to global federations to decide which Russian athletes to accept in their sports. But the IOC says it will deny entry of Russian athletes who do not meet the requirements set out for the federations.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach has apparently accepted the solemn promise of Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) president Alexander Zhukov that no doped Russian athlete will be allowed to compete in Rio. Yes, this is the same Alexander Zhukov who was ROC president when doped Russian athlete's cheated at Vancouver (2010), London (2012), and Sochi (2014). It should also be noted that IOC president Thomas Bach is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of a German company that has extensive business interests in Russia.

Bach had initially demanded the "toughest sanctions available" for Russia's "shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport and on the Olympic Games."

Out the of many many thousands of Russians who competed in international games since 2008, only two Russians blew the whistle on Moscow's cheating and cooperated with investigators.

They have since fled the Russian Federation.

Did Bach miscalculate? Will there be push-back from global anti-doping organizations, individual/team athlete's, and corporate Olympic sponsors?

Personally, I've never believed the IOC possessed the integrity and fortitude necessary to overcome its greed and avarice.
 

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Simpleχity;1066119131 said:
International Olympic Committee Decides Against Complete Ban of Russian Athletes




International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach has apparently accepted the solemn promise of Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) president Alexander Zhukov that no doped Russian athlete will be allowed to compete in Rio. Yes, this is the same Alexander Zhukov who was ROC president when doped Russian athlete's cheated at Vancouver (2010), London (2012), and Sochi (2014). It should also be noted that IOC president Thomas Bach is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of a German company that has extensive business interests in Russia.

Bach had initially demanded the "toughest sanctions available" for Russia's "shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport and on the Olympic Games."

Out the of many many thousands of Russians who competed in international games since 2008, only two Russians blew the whistle on Moscow's cheating and cooperated with investigators.

They have since fled the Russian Federation.

Did Bach miscalculate? Will there be push-back from global anti-doping organizations, individual/team athlete's, and corporate Olympic sponsors?

Personally, I've never believed the IOC possessed the integrity and fortitude necessary to overcome its greed and avarice.

Throw it wide open, I say. Allow anything in the way of performance-enhancing drugs or genetic manipulation or disguised prostheses or whatever in the Olympics. Instead of back-door bribery, have auctions.
Instant level playing field.
 

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Rio Olympics 2016: Wada criticises IOC for failing to ban Russian team

WADA = World Anti-Doping Agency. The organization that documented the collusion of Russian athletes and the Russian state to cover-up a massive doping program.


IOC's decision on Russia a copout

July 24, 2016

The International Olympic Committee has sold its soul. Worse, it’s sold out all those clean athletes who have been begging for someone to have their backs, along with the woman brave enough to reveal Russia’s dirty secrets. Integrity, decency, fair play — those are no longer the ideals on which the Olympic movement proudly and firmly stands. They’ve become chips to be bargained away in exchange for money, support and power. What’s the disappearance of a few hundred positive tests among friends when compared with $51 billion to further the myth that the Olympics are a celebration of the world at its best?

By refusing to impose a blanket ban on Russia for the Rio Games, despite damning evidence of a widespread doping program traced to the highest reaches of its sports administration, the IOC left no doubt whose side it’s on. And it sure isn’t the athletes. “It speaks to the conflicts of interest that the IOC has and their inability to really stand up and be a leader for athletes and clean sport. To really be on our side,” Lauryn Williams, a gold medalist in the 4x100 meter relay in London and member of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s athletes committee, told USA TODAY Sports. “This just furthers the point that this is a business. It’s not something really built and set in the best interests of the athletes."

Oh, IOC president Thomas Bach talked a good game, blustering about the “highest hurdles” that Russian athletes will have to clear before they’ll be allowed to compete in Rio. But years from now, all anyone will remember is that the IOC caved. This was not an individual athlete or two cheating or even a dirty training group. This was a massive doping program spread across winter and summer federations, with the McLaren report finding that positive tests were made to disappear in 29 different sports. If ever there was a time for the IOC to send the message that cheating will not be tolerated, this was it. That there will be harsh penalties if you willfully and brazenly subvert the system, no matter who you are.

But come Aug. 5, Russian athletes will march in the opening ceremony. Russian athletes will compete in several sports. Russian athletes will win medals and hear their national anthem played. The Russian flag will fly at the Games. It will be almost as if this whole mess never happened, which is surely how Russia and Bach want it. The whole thing is discouraging. The IOC had a chance to take a stand, to defend both its principles and the people who abide by them. Instead, it sold them out, every last one of them.

Like most things in life, the Olympics I loved to watch as a kid comes down to money in the end.

No thanks Mr.Bach. I won't watch a second of your Rio Olympic illusion. MLB is great this year and NFL camps are opening.



P.S. - For Those Who Don't Know It Department:

The Russian middle distance runner who blew the whistle on the massive Russian state-sponsored doping program - Yulia Stepanova - will not be allowed to compete in the Rio Olympics because she was previously banned for doping. Never mind that she served that ban and has always tested negative since. Fearing for her safety, Stepanova fled the Russian Federation over a year ago and now trains in the United States. By banning her from Rio, the IOC in effect told anyone else thinking of speaking out about illegal doping not to bother. The IOC doesn’t want to hear it.
 

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Simpleχity;1066121966 said:
The Russian middle distance runner who blew the whistle on the massive Russian state-sponsored doping program - Yulia Stepanova - will not be allowed to compete in the Rio Olympics because she was previously banned for doping. Never mind that she served that ban and has always tested negative since. Fearing for her safety, Stepanova fled the Russian Federation over a year ago and now trains in the United States. By banning her from Rio, the IOC in effect told anyone else thinking of speaking out about illegal doping not to bother. The IOC doesn’t want to hear it.

Normally it is up to the national organisation to ban people, which is why she cant go... the Russian federation has banned her. That is also why Justin Gatlin is part of the US team and not banned.
 

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Simpleχity;1066123047 said:

So what exactly you're trying to achieve by this link dump of opinion articles that you've probably haven't even read?!?

PS. Interesting to see you doing that over and over again...first it was Ukraine/Russia related threads in the Europe forum but it seems that you've kinda started to abandon your crusade there now moving your spam posts to any other Russia related topic... quite pathetic imo.

Fallen.
 
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Simpleχity;1066123041 said:

IOC denied her to be part of the "countryless" team.. She can still represent her country, but they have all been banned by the IAAF.. and of course it would require the Russians picking her to represent them.
 

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