Russia has been banned from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea due to charges of doping.
Whether or not the move represents a vengeful political ploy by pro-Clinton globalist forces in exchange for Russia supposedly “hacking” the U.S. election in favor of Donald Trump is an open question.
The investigation has been shrouded in secrecy, with mostly whispers and rumors about the details of Russian athletes cheating.
Some Russian athletes, including the ice hockey team, may be allowed to compete as “Russian Athletes” under a neutral Olympic banner.
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The IOC’s executive committee announced in a statement that it was barring Russia’s national Olympic committee from the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The punishment, which will mean that no Russian athletes will compete under the country’s colors, came amid intense pressure to punish the country for its alleged state-sponsored cover-up of doping by its athletes. The penalty is unprecedented in Olympic history.
In a statement released after it met in Lausanne, Switzerland, the committee said it acted on the recommendations of an IOC commission headed by former Swiss President Samuel Schmid to investigate Russian doping. The statement said his report confirmed “the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russia.”
At a press conference after the decision was announced, Schmid said his commission did not find any evidence that the Kremlin was aware of the doping cover-up, but the IOC banned Russia’s former sports minister and its current head of the national soccer association, Vitaly Mutko, for life from the Olympics, along with his former deputy Yuri Nagornykh.
The anti-doping agencies of 17 countries, including the United States, demanded the IOC impose a blanket ban, issuing a collective statement in September that it was time for the body to stop “paying lip service” to the anti-doping fight.
The IOC stopped short of that, instead saying that some Russian athletes will be permitted to compete in Pyeongchang under a specially created status, “Olympic athlete from Russia,” according to the IOC statement.
It may not ALL be about politics, as the reports of faked urine tests make it sound like there was some real Cheech and Chong-style chicanery going on among the doctors.
But there’s no doubt that the State of Clintonia is celebrating the ban.