Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, December 09, 2017

Russia has been given the ultimate Olympic red card, forced to sit out the 2018 Winter Games. The humiliating punishment comes just four years after their athletes won more medals than any other country in Sochi -- a feat aided by systematic Russian doping and manipulation of drug-testing samples. ... As host of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia spent a record $51 billion and won more medals than the Russian or Soviet teams had ever won at a Winter Games. But they did so through a years-long doping program and a highly sophisticated cover-up operation, going so far as to pass athletes' tainted urine samples through a secret hole in the wall of the Olympic drug-testing lab, and replace them with previously collected clean samples.

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"This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport," said IOC President Thomas Bach on Tuesday, announcing the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee and top-level sports officials after a 17-month investigation, as well as a mechanism through which individual Russian athletes could still be cleared to compete. He expressed hope that those athletes could "set about building a bridge for the future [rather] than erecting a new wall between Russia and the Olympic movement."

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It isn't just cheating anymore Russia is engaging in organized espionage in order to win Olympic medals. Perhaps they need to be banned from the next Summer Olympics as well.

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2017-12-09 02:34 PM | Reply

The whole sport is getting crazy. In the Sochi Men's Downhill the difference between first and tenth place was 4/5ths of a second.

#2 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-12-09 03:26 PM | Reply

Will we boycott too, in support of our, "new" dear leader?

#3 | Posted by zelkova at 2017-12-09 06:17 PM | Reply

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