Russia’s Olympic team has been banned from the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea. Russia’s government officials are forbidden to attend, and the Russian flag will not be represented at the opening ceremonies. The Russian anthem will also not be played during the ceremonies. Any athletes from Russia who receive special dispensation to compete will do so as individuals wearing a neutral uniform, and the official record books will forever show that Russia won zero medals during the games. Sounds like somebody takes Russian interference and cheating seriously. Too bad it’s not the president of the United States and the Republican Party.
The New York Times (@NYTimes) reports, this was the punishment issued Tuesday to Russia. A Country who has long used the Olympics as a show of global force. Russia was exposed for systematic doping in previously unfathomable ways. The IOC (International Olympic Committee), after completing its own prolonged investigations that reiterated what had been known for more than a year, handed Russia penalties for doping so severe they were without precedent in Olympics history.
The ruling was the final confirmation that Russia 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 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s.