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Blazing Blades Opinion – by Peter Murray
The sports world is holding its collective breath as it awaits the decision soon to be announced by IOC President Thomas Bach and the IOC Executive Board on what punishment will be dealt to Russia’s sports programs. It could come as early as tomorrow.
Never has there been the level of a Government sponsored and run effort to cheat in major international sports events, including the Olympics. Designed by Russian Sports Officials at the highest level of that government; planned and overseen by the Russian Intelligence Service with an elaborate plan for success, Russian athletes have robbed clean athletes of their rightful wins for a good portion of this last decade.
Just within the past few weeks a second wave of reanalysis has revealed banned substances in 45 Russian athletes from the Beijing and London Olympics not caught earlier. The amount of cheating is beyond the pale.
This will be a make or break decision for the President of the IOC, Thomas Bach. As much as he says he wants to be fair to those Russian Athletes who have not cheated, the massive nature of the cheating, sponsored and controlled by Russian officials, dictates the severest penalty, a total ban of the entire Russian Summer and Winter Olympic teams through the 2018 winter games. If he caves to pleas for less than a full ban it will all but destroy the legacy of the Olympic movement.
Bach has so many close ties to Russian Sports Leaders, Putin in particular. This is what I truly believe is shaping his views on what punishment will be dealt out. In the perfect world I would have Bach recuse himself from the final vote.
Tell any sane person that this level of cheating, does not deserve the strongest possible punishment. If IOC Executive Committee does not impose a total Ban on Russian sports, I believe that athletes, sports federations and governments around the globe should withdraw their participation with the Olympic movement until it’s leaders are tossed out and the Olympic governance is totally reformed.
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