December 5 , 2017 – Fort Russ News –
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has ruled that Russian athletes can only compete under a neutral flag in South Korea in February 2018.
Competing as neutrals without a national team means that athletes will not take part in the opening ceremony, and their country’s anthem will not be played when they win medals. Russian President Vladimir Putin described the option as a “humiliating” response of the IOC.
Earlier, President Putin stipulated that banning Russia from the Games is a political move, based on the fact that it is only one month out from the Russian Presidential Elections in 2018.
We have very high suspicions that because of our alleged ‘meddling in the US elections’, they’d like to create difficulties prior to the election of the President of Russia.” – Vladimir Putin
Such difficulties would create pressure on Putin’s presidential campaign, if he is running, based on the dissatisfaction of society at large if “government-sponsored doping” is to blame. At that, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has no concrete evidence that this is the case.
In November, the world’s leading anti-doping agencies (part of INADO – Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations, as mentioned in the speech of the President of WADA on RT below, “group of NADOs”) had come together to demand Russia be blanket-banned from the Winter Olympics in 2018.
These include the US Anti-Doping Agency and UK Anti‑Doping agency, who have warned the IOC “that its continuing reluctance to hold Russia to account for one of the biggest scandals in sports history at the 2014 Sochi Games, threatens the future of the Olympic movement.”
The joint statement the NADOs said: “The IOC needs to stop kicking the can down the road and immediately issue meaningful consequences. The failure to expeditiously investigate individual Russian athlete doping poses a clear and present danger for clean athletes worldwide and at the 2018 Winter Games.” The President of WADA clearly disagrees with the biased rhetoric, as seen in the video.
Logic would suggest that if the athletes were truly doping, then they would not be allowed to compete at all, as opposed to under a neutral flag. South Korea, where the Olympic Games are being held, will undoubtedly suffer from a loss of revenue from Russian fans (being in close proximity to Russia’s Far East). Russian TV channels have also stated that they will not be purchasing broadcasting rights of the Games if the Russian team does not attend.
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Inessa Sinchougova is an Editor and Journalist at Fort Russ News, as well as a research fellow and translator of the Belgrade based think-tank, the Center for Syncretic Studies. She was educated at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), in the field of Political Science and was previously employed in Marketing and Communications Strategy for a Multi-National Corporation. She runs a popular YouTube channel for translations of key Russian Foreign Policy figures and appears regularly on other alternative media channels.