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Does anyone understand why some Russian medalists from 2014 are unable to compete?
If you were part of the state sponsored doping program, you should have your medals stripped. Therefore, you should also be banned from the 2018 Olympics. I think everyone except for a couple of trolls agrees with that.

But why are some guys allowed to compete while others are banned, if they weren't stripped of their medals? One of two things is happening, and I can't tell which it is.

Either some athletes are being banned despite not failing tests or some athletes are being allowed to keep their medals despite failing tests. If it's the latter, that's not nearly enough of a punishment.

For example, Victor Ahn has kept all of his medals from short track speed skating yet he isn't allowed to compete in Pyeongchang. Either this is a grave injustice for a clean competitor or he should be stripped of all his medals, and a clean athlete who finished in 4th should get a bronze, while the others should be bumped up a spot.

I highly suspect it's the latter, fwiw.

There seem to be three categories for Russian athletes.

1) Ones who were so clearly part of the systematic doping that their medals are stripped. This is basically the entire bobsledding team, the female biathlon team, the female cross country skiers,

2) The clean athletes. This includes figure skaters, curlers, freestyle skiers who didn't do well at all but all tested negative, and the long track speed skaters who also did poorly. They are all competing in 2018 as "OAR".

3) Guys like Victor Ahn, Vic Wild (aka the athletes who were paid to compete from Russia), the skeleton and luge teams, and others. They weren't stripped of their medals but they also weren't allwoed to participate in the 2018 games.

Either strip the medals from this group or let them compete. This is some half-assed attempt at not really trying to ruffle too many feathers, one way or the other, but either the IOC is depriving others of their medals or they are depriving Russians of their attempt to defend their medals.


Keys Open Doors
Duke Fan
Houston
Member since Dec 2008
25867 posts

re: Does anyone understand why some Russian medalists from 2014 are unable to compete?
Also, it should be noted that Vic Wild and Victor Ahn are not among the athletes who appealed to CAS either. It doesn't seem like anyone is accusing them of anything yet they still weren't invited.


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