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Russia Banned From The Winter Olympics

from Rebecca R. Ruiz and Tariq Panja of the New York Times,

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.

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Tripwire32's avatar

Russia’s Olympic team has been barred from the 2018 Winter Games

wow. That’s big.

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 12/05/17 at 02:43 PM ET

Tripwire32's avatar

Russia’s Olympic team has been barred from the 2018 Winter Games

This also really helps nhl relations with the Russian players that were determined to attend regardless what the garden gnome decreed.

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 12/05/17 at 02:46 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

WHOA

Posted by ilovehomers on 12/05/17 at 02:48 PM ET

Primis's avatar

If Russia sends a hockey team to the Pyeongchang Games—still an if—it will play under Olympic flag/anthem.

#1.  that seems like a really good way to get you and your whole family killed by Putin’s people.

#2.  why would anyone want to go and represent another generic team?  I can totally see individual athletes in individual sports still going because of the nature of it all, but to actually field/ice a team…. that’s just bizarre.

Posted by Primis on 12/05/17 at 03:01 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

This is Russia’s best chance to “win” gold, so they’ll compete.

What will be hilarious is the announcers trying to do the verbal gymnastics of announcing the game.

Posted by ilovehomers on 12/05/17 at 03:09 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Posted by ilovehomers on 12/05/17 at 02:09 PM ET

“...now Team Olympics has the puck, it’s Varamov to Kalikov, and Team Olympics enters the zone ...”

 

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 12/05/17 at 03:24 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I expect a few subtle additions to other nations’ teams. 

Something like, “Ovechkin will be skating with the Koreans after a recent discovery he is part Korean”

Posted by TreKronor on 12/05/17 at 04:31 PM ET

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