Russia banned from Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Discussion in 'Russia & Eastern Europe' started by ThirdTerm, Dec 6, 2017 at 4:01 PM.

  1. ThirdTerm

    ThirdTerm Well-Known Member

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    The Russian figure skating federation will decide whether it's going to boycott the Korean Olympics altogether as a team or not in a few days. Individual skaters who still wish to participate would have to do it on their own at their own expense. There is no point in going there, if Russian athletes are not allowed to show their national flag and the Russian national anthem will not be played at award ceremonies. The top female Russian skater said that she would not go to Pyeongchang as a stateless athlete. The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will become one of those failed Olympics entirely ruined by politically motivated boycotts.
     
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    zoom_copter66 Well-Known Member

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    the summer/winter Olympics have been somewhat of a "failed" venture for several decades now, afaic. This isn't anything new. The Russians/soviets have been doping since the Olympics restarted after WW2. Same as the US, Brits, French, Chinos, Germans, former soviet bloc/warsaw pact, and so on. I used to enjoy watching some of the games years back...when it was about the athletes, but haven't been and probably wont, its been corrupted, and far too may politics involved.
     
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    ARDY Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    Russia may not be able to participate in the olympics, but they are still planning to participate in the next US election

    the Olympic ban is turning out to be a big plus for Donald Trump.... now he does have to agonize about which team to support
     
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    Yes, same here. I used to watch the Olympics some 30 or so years back. But I'm not a bit interested in them today. I might check the medal standings a few times, then again maybe not. But I am not interested in watching any of it.
     
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