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Belarus gives opening ceremony flag to Russian Paralympians

Andrei Fomochkin, an official of the Belarus Paralympic team, who carried a Russian flag at the opening of the Rio Paralympics, is seen here in Minsk airport. © Viktor Tolochko

Andrei Fomochkin, an official of the Belarus Paralympic team, who carried a Russian flag at the opening of the Rio Paralympics, is seen here in Minsk airport | © Viktor Tolochko / Sputnik

(Rt.com) Belarusian Sport and Tourism Ministry member Andrey Fomochkin gave the Russian flag he controversially unveiled at the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympics to Russian athletes.

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Mass action held in Toronto to denounce IPC’s decision to ban Russia from Rio Games

Participants in the action waved the slogans in Russian and English reading “Shame on WADA”, “Enable Russian Paralympians to join the Games” and “Say No to Bans”

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‘Ban, ban, ban!’: Paralympians victimized

“And there is no world outcry against the banning of the Russian Paralympic team? In what world does this make sense except as a blatant attack on the rights of the disabled?” – Dugald MacDonald on Facebook

“Let’s leave the last word to Joe Biden, the Vice President of the world’s ‘Exceptional Nation’ – and one which doesn’t have to worry too much about doping bans. ‘We are America, second to none, and we own the finish line,’ he said. ‘Don’t forget it.’” – NEIL CLARK

Russian Paralympic fencers rest after competition matches at the federal center for Russian national teams. © Kirill Kallinikov

Russian Paralympic fencers rest after competition matches at the federal center for Russian national teams | © Kirill Kallinikov / Sputnik

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Olympics: Unraveling the doping scandal

By MARCEL WOLAND

“Some people think that football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.”Followers of mass media in the West may be forgiven for not noticing that the Olympic movement has been severely damaged by the recent weaponization of the Olympics.

What the average Western viewer was expected to take away from the much-reported ‘Russian doping scandal’ was that Russia is indeed a lawless, sinister entity and that the Fu Manchu-like Putin has his finger in every pie. Many believed it. Continue reading

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Guilty until proven guilty

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“Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.” – William Penn

“If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine.” Ernesto Che Guevera

By MARK CHAPMAN* (Graphics by TS)

I can’t claim the social conscience of a Che Guevera, but it’s absolutely true that I feel more motivated to write when I am furious about something, and few things so infuriate me like smug pig-ignorance. And no smug pig-ignorance is so infuriating as that displayed by one’s own countrymen, as they happily allow themselves to be played like violins by an outside authority and exhibit their naked buttocks before the world. I really thought you were better than that, Canada. Continue reading

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IAAF: Who is the ‘real’ Sebastian Coe?

Comment: The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), headed by its newly-elected president Sebastian Coe, has suspended Russia’s track and field federation by a 22-1 vote. The vote came within one week of a controversial report issued by the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) citing Russia – and no other country – for doping violations under the pretext of high ideals. The meeting in London was hastily convened by Coe, himself a vice-president of the IAAF since 2007. ANDREAS SELLIAAS* analyses Coe’s compromised background and comments on his mounting challenges. Originally posted on this blog on August 20, 2015

Will newly elected athletics president Seb Coe (photo) get the IAAF back on its feet? | Andy Miah/Flickr

Will newly elected athletics president Seb Coe (photo) get the IAAF back on its feet? | Andy Miah/Flickr

(August 20) — Lord Sebastian Coe was Wednesday elected as new president of theInternational Association of Athletics Federations ahead of Sergey Bubka. Winning 115-92 was a comfortable, but not overwhelming victory. But for the former middle distance ace and successful leader of the 2012 London Olympics this was a great day. Continue reading

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Russia? 224 cases of British athletes missing drugs tests in last five years

Russia? As controversy over the report by the World Anti-Dopng Authority (WADA) incriminating Russia and its athletes escalates, shocking statistics from the UK Anti-Doping show a spike in missed tests the year before 2012 Olympics by British athletes. 

(18 Jun 2015) – Following the revelation that Mo Farah missed two drugs tests in 2010 and 2011, new data released by UK anti-doping shows the high number of British sportsmen and women missing tests. Continue reading

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