Russian Olympic Ban

by alexRN on December 5, 2017 - 10:09pm

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In this article, it reported that Russia’s olympic program has been barred from participating in the 2018 winter olympic games held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the country’s government officials are forbidden to attend, its flag will not be displayed at the opening ceremony and its anthem will not be played. It is also said that Russian athlete who will still be admitted  will have to wear neutral uniforms and the record books will register 0 medals won for Russia. This is the result of the Russian Sports administration being found guilty of conducting a massive doping program, affecting the majority of the athletes who would have been competing in next year’s games, but also from an internal investigation providing evidence that there has been massive doping amounts Russian athletes in past games. Out of the 102 events of the 2018 games, 32 of them had Russian contenders, so a Russian ban could mean altered results for approximately a third of the events. In the wake of the verdict, nearly a dozen medals were taken away from athletes who participated in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. However, athletes who could prove to be “clean” will be allowed to compete, but even if some of them manage to win a medal they will not count to the overall count because the Russian tally will not surpass 0. I believe that it was the right thing to do to ban Russian athletes from competing. As someone who does a lot of sports, I am always disgusted when I hear that an athlete has been using steroids. I hate cheaters and it always makes me angry when i think about those who have cheated and been caught, but even more when I think about those who have not been caught and have got away with cheating, this behaviour should never be tolerated, but also raises the question, if Russia has been caught cheating, who hasn’t?


I agree with your views on this dilemma. Although the solution is a bit extreme it is not without provocation. Did they honestly think no one would find out? It is very unjust for the other countries playing fairly. then again they could be the first of many to use the drugs in order to win. in my opinion that just shows desperation, if you were so gifted to given a place on your country's Olympic team why do you need drugs to do well? I think that the drug tests they have should be more vigilant and evolve along with the drugs. But if that happens and more are caught cheating, when does it even stay for the game and start being about egos?

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