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IOC Bans Russia from 2018 Olympics for Doping
« on: December 05, 2017, 04:10:15 PM »
Russia as a country is banned from the upcoming Winter Olympics.  The Athletes can compete as "neutral athletes from Russia."

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/05/sports/olympics/ioc-russia-winter-olympics.html
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Re: IOC Bans Russia from 2018 Olympics for Doping
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2017, 04:19:02 PM »
I just read that on the news channel. That's BIG!
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Re: IOC Bans Russia from 2018 Olympics for Doping
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2017, 04:38:44 PM »
I can't believe they waited until two months before the Games start.  That's just cruel to the athletes.
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Re: IOC Bans Russia from 2018 Olympics for Doping
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2017, 10:11:20 PM »
Who decides which Russian athletes can compete - is it still the Russian sports federation, whatever it is called? I assume it isn't just any Russian who wants to go...

Is Russia the only country whose athletes may petition to compete under neutral uniforms?

Can any human being in the world decide they want to go to the Olympics, under a neutral flag?

BTW, it's not as though most figure skaters skate in costumes that have national flags on them... Fortunately - it isn't much time to create a costume.