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Russia Banned From Winter Olympics for Doping

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    The IOC has decided Russia's punishment for it's systematic doping scandal. Russia has been banned from competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This means there will be no Russian anthem, no flags, no athletes, and even goes as far as to ban Russian government officials from attending the games.

    Though there will be one loophole for a select few. If an athlete receives a special dispensation to compete, they will do so wearing a neutral uniform. Russia will not be noted in any form for the athlete or the medals.

    I expected a harsh punishment, but this is pretty crazy. Russia is a huge part of the Olympics. They pride themselves as a athletic power-house, especially in the winter sports.

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    The difference is that Russia has state sponsored doping. They have been caught and will have to pay the price.

    As the New York Times reports, "the ruling was the final confirmation that the nation was guilty of executing an extensive state-backed doping program. The scheme was rivaled perhaps only by the notorious program conducted by East Germany throughout the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s."

    Unless the IOC is willing to dole out harsh punishments, doping in sports will continue. In any case, how can any athlete feel that he/she has earned a medal when they know they have cheated? Cheating and lying has become more pervasive in our society as the monetary rewards get higher.

    Russia is a state in decline as Putin controls all aspects of their society. Unfortunately, because Putin controls the media, he and his Russian athletes will play the victim.

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    The difference is that Russia has state sponsored doping. They have been caught and will have to pay the price.

    As the New York Times reports, "the ruling was the final confirmation that the nation was guilty of executing an extensive state-backed doping program. The scheme was rivaled perhaps only by the notorious program conducted by East Germany throughout the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s."

    Unless the IOC is willing to dole out harsh punishments, doping in sports will continue. In any case, how can any athlete feel that he/she has earned a medal when they know they have cheated? Cheating and lying has become more pervasive in our society as the monetary rewards get higher.

    Russia is a state in decline as Putin controls all aspects of their society. Unfortunately, because Putin controls the media, he and his Russian athletes will play the victim.

    You're exactly right on that last bit. They are already broadcasting to boycott the Olympics. Doesn't make any sense at all to take that approach. It was completely there fault. It was also so widespread that everyone must have known what was going on.

    They got caught. Don't boycott the entire Olympics, that looks very childish. Stand up to take your punishment, and start training for next games.

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    Wow, that's embarrassing. It's deserved, but still.. has that ever happened, where Olympic athletes wear the neutral uniform and basically compete as a country-less person?
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    Dallasite Wrote: Wow, that's embarrassing. It's deserved, but still.. has that ever happened, where Olympic athletes wear the neutral uniform and basically compete as a country-less person?
    Here ya go. Nike has made some for athletes without countries in the past. I say Russia deserves every bit of punishment for their hijinks. I mean, come on, technically it's not the first time they've been punished for doing such a thing. After all, East Germany was a Soviet territory. I say, same government, same mentality. It especially has to be embarrassing for countries who have bragged about their athletic prowess for decades, and yet, get pinched for doping their athletes. Looks as though they're worried their "prowess" isn't enough to win the gold. Wink