Olympics: What happened to Russia?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by AsianStew, Jul 26, 2021.

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  1. AsianStew

    AsianStew Active Member

    So, Russia is banned from the Olympics, but they are still competing? How does this work? I haven't seen anything like this in any Olympics (not that I remember anyways). That's so strange how they would still be able to participate if they're banned... I got confused when listening and reading comments on this...
     
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  2. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

  3. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Well-Known Member

    It’s the we’re going to pretend to have hardline standards against systemic cheating at a national level, but we don’t want to devalue the streaming licensing revenue technique…
     
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  4. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    It's pretty tough to argue with that considering that the "Wink wink, it's totally not Russia!" team is third in the medal count.
     
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  5. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    It doesn't make sense that they're allowed to have a gymnastics team. I can understand allowing athletes to compete independently. Since gymnastics is not really a team sport, they're allowing athletes to represent Russia collectively.
     
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  6. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

  7. TeacherBelgium

    TeacherBelgium Active Member

    To be honest I don't think Russia being absent is the most controversial issue here.
    I think it's Laurel Hubbard's presence that has people talking more.
     
  8. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    That's because they're not absent. LOL

    I guess it depends on where you're at. In parts of the U.S., they're still talking about Sha'Carri Richardson receiving a one-month ban for consuming an edible.
     
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  9. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Well-Known Member

    Sadly, they had no choice. If they didn’t crack down hard on her, what would happen next? Could lead to a nationally organized campaign of performance enhancing drugs and a government coverup of secret raids and sabotage of the incorruptible testing labs! Her actions threatened the sanctity of the games!!
     
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