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Old 06-17-2016, 02:50 PM   #1
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Default Russian Track And Field Athletes Barred From Competing In Rio Olympics

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-w...e-rio-olympics


The Russian and the Olympic flags wave during the opening
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Track and field's world governing body has unanimously decided to bar Russian athletes from competing in the upcoming summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro amid allegations of state-sponsored doping.

The International Association of Athletics Federations made the announcement at a press conference Friday in Vienna.

"Because the system in Russia has been tainted by doping from top level and down, we cannot trust that what we call and what people might call clean athletes really are clean," said Rune Andersen, head of the task force that provided recommendations to the IAAF.
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Major loss of face here for the Russians.

Wonder what they will do in response?
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Old 06-17-2016, 04:50 PM   #2
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Wonder what they will do in response?
Putin says, "It's not fair!"

Putin Condemns Russian Athletes Ban at Rio as Unfair
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Old 06-17-2016, 05:02 PM   #3
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But "trans" persons can compete as a gender they are not?
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But "trans" persons can compete as a gender they are not?
I honestly hadn't thought much about that. But now that you've mentioned it, I'll have to do some reading and see how that is being handled.

As for the Russians, the IOC is leaving open the possibility that some Russian athletes who have consistently tested clean, may be able to compete as a "neutral group" - i.e. not under the Russian flag. The IOC meets tomorrow to make their decision and grand announcement.
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As for the Russians, the IOC is leaving open the possibility that some Russian athletes who have consistently tested clean, may be able to compete as a "neutral group" - i.e. not under the Russian flag. The IOC meets tomorrow to make their decision and grand announcement.
My question is whether this is politically motivated. Mexico, Kenya, and I believe, Spain have also been in violation of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Have their national teams been barred from the Olympics thus far?

If there are clean individuals on the Russian team, why can't they just ban the violators rather than ban the entire team?

I of course would prefer to see the US crush everyone in the Olympic games, but there's so much money and corruption associated with the Olympic organizing committees, that I wouldn't be surprised if this is some kind of retribution for Crimea and Syria.
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Old 06-17-2016, 09:39 PM   #6
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This decision is wrong in many ways.
It demonstrates the failure of the Olympic authorities to test accurately for doping.
It diminishes the value of the Olympics because winning in absence of strong competitors is less memorable.
It mixes sports and politics.
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Old 06-17-2016, 10:29 PM   #7
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Shame they can't just play by the rules. I remember a few years ago the Chinese trying to pass off a guy as a girl in Track or Gymnastics or something. The individual was disqualified when they didn't cooperate with gender determination testing.
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Afraid of Russians the olympics are ...
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Old 06-18-2016, 06:26 PM   #9
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I say the heck with it.

The Olympics should go transhuman.

Genetic modification, drugs enhancements, and other modifications.

The cat is out of the bag, it will never go back in.
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