Dec 5, 17, 02:37 PM #1
Russia banned from Winter Olympics!Russia Banned From Winter Olympics by I.O.C.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Russia’s Olympic team has been barred from the 2018 Winter Games 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 sound. 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.
That was the punishment issued Tuesday to the proud sports juggernaut that has long used the Olympics as a show of global force but was exposed for systematic doping in previously unfathomable ways. The 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 cemented 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.Advertisement
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That's kind of a big deal. Only 2 months before the winter Olympics start, wow.
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Dec 5, 17, 02:58 PM #6For those who might be curious if other countries have been banned from the Olympics in the past, here is a list and the reasons why:
Countries Banned from the Olympic Games
1920 Antwerp: Five countries were banned due to their involvement in the First World War: Austria, Bulgaria, Turkey, Hungary and Germany.
1924 Paris: The ban of Germany following WWI continued, though Austria, Bulgaria, Turkey, Hungary were allowed to compete.
1948 London: Germany and Japan were barred for their participation in the Second World War.
1964 Tokyo: South Africa was banned by the IOC from taking part due to its oppressive apartheid regime. This ban lasted until 1992. IOC also banned all athletes that took part in the 1963 Games of the New Emerging Forces (GANEFO). Indonesia and North Korea withdrew in protest of this decision.
1968 Mexico: the ban on South Africa due to their apartheid regime continued. North Korea competed again in the second GANEFO in 1966), which meant they were suspended by the IOC, causing the nation to miss the 1968 Olympics as well.
1972 Munich: The ban on South Africa due to their apartheid regime continued. Rhodesia (now known as Zimbabwe) was banned from participating, as other African countries threatened to pull out if Rhodesia took part.
1976 Montreal: the ban on South Africa due to their apartheid regime continued.
1980 Moscow: the ban on South Africa due to their apartheid regime continued.
1984 Los Angeles: the ban on South Africa due to their apartheid regime continued.
1988 Barcelona: the ban on South Africa due to their apartheid regime continued.
2000 Sydney: Afghanistan was banned from the Olympics due to its discrimination against women under Taliban rule as well as its prohibition of sports of any kind.
2016 Rio: Many Russian competitors were banned following revelations of state-sponsored doping - all athletes from athletics, rowing, weightlifting and canoeing were banned. The Kuwaiti Olympic Committee had been suspended since October 2015 due to interference from the government (they were also suspended in 2010, but the suspension was lifted before the start of the 2012 Olympic Games). Subsequently a total of nine Kuwaiti athletes competed under the Olympic flag.
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Dec 5, 17, 04:28 PM #9
Swimmer: "I'm here because I think those pills you're giving me are causing excess body hair."
Doctor: "Where is the hair growing?"
Swimmer: "On my chest, all the way down to my testicles. And that's another thing..."
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Dec 6, 17, 06:25 AM #11Watch the “Icarus” documentary on Netflix. It initially wasn’t intended to, but it documents the whole darn thing pretty well.
Most of these top level athletes are walking a very thin line between doping and not.
Dec 6, 17, 08:49 AM #12All those Russian players in the NHL that now have duel citizenship. I wouldn't mind seeing Nikita Kucherov and Alex Ovechkin lace up the skates for the USA.
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