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INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE’S DECISION ON RUSSIAN ATHLETES


The International Olympic Committee’s decision on Russia’s acknowledged use of a widespread steroid distribution system, was the “tastes like chicken” of justice: unsatisfying for all parties involved. Russia will still be a part of the Olympics; its flags will be represented. But every athlete from Russia will now be seen as tainted—guilty until proven innocent—and have to apply to their individual sports’ federation in order to be approved for competition. IOC President Thomas Bach won the understatement of the year award when he said, “This may not please everybody on either side.”For those who see Russia as being scapegoated by an unfair process of secret evidence and absence of an appeals procedure, the decision has affixed a permanent scarlet “S” to Russian athletes for a generation. Every victory will now be tainted by, as Bach put it, a “shocking new dimension in doping” with an “unprecedented level of criminality.”

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