The International Olympic Committee announced today the Russia would not be allowed to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics because of the doping scandal that happened during the 2014 Sochi games.
But basically Russia was accused and found to have run this huge doping scandal that the IOC took that as a slap in the face. So to make sure that Russia knew how badly they had embarrassed the IOC, the whole country has been banned from the games. That means that there will be no mentions of Russia at all, no colors, no anthem, nothing. Athletes that want to participate in the games have to go as neutrals and also must prove to the IOC that they have not had any doping in their history. Which even if they could prove no doping, the IOC is going to look for any excuse to keep Russia and it’s athletes far away from the games.
Now I have mixed feelings about this announcement. On the one hand, I feel bad for the athletes that actually completed without doping because they will not be able to wear their country colors and make their families proud as a Russian Olympic athlete just because a lot of their fellow countryman decided to buck the system and win illegally. Then on the other hand, I feel okay about the decision because you can’t buck the system and expect not to get in trouble. Don’t do the crime if you aren’t willing to accept the consequences.
But now which country will be the villain in the Winter games? Especially now that National Hockey League players are not allowed to participate in the games. Russia has always been the villain in the winter games and now that they are not allowed to play who will assume the role? Did the Olympics just lose part of their appeal now that Russia isn’t allowed to participate?
Does this also further hurt the Olympic Games now that NHL players won’t be joining the games? What do you think? Will the Olympic Games be fine even without the Russian Athletes and NHL players?