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IOC’s double standards: one for the US, another for everyone else?

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is allowing goalies from the US Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey to wear painted helmets depicting the Statue of Liberty, although they violate IOC rules on political symbols and iconography. The team will play Canada for the gold medal of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on Wednesday. Continue reading

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The Hope Solo Olympic Medal for Sore Loser (2): US men’s hockey coach

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By TONY SEED

The U.S. men’s hockey team massively lost their qualifying gold medal game, 4-0, on February 17 at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics,

The Russians did it. Continue reading

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Western chauvinism against Russia gone beserk

By MICHAEL AVERKO*

For you non-sports minded Russia watchers, the ethically flawed antics of the IOC (International Olympic Committee), WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) and Western mass media at large, highlight a predominating anti-Russian bias that is definitely bigoted.  Continue reading

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Russian complaints about McLaren report on alleged state-sponsored doping have merit

Response of President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Craig Reedie (pictured above) to International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach’s demand for a sweeping overhaul of the World Anti-Doping Agency: “I would like to think not all the system is broken, that part of the system is broken, and we should start to identify those parts that need full attention.” | FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

For just over two years, orchestrated revelations and allegations of Russian doping have been grabbing the headlines. An international media campaign is in full swing, attempting to question the participation of Russian athletes in international competitions such as the current 2018 Winter Olympics. Canadian individuals such as Dick Pound, a longtime IOC executive, and law professor Richard McLaren, agencies such as the Canadian Olympic Committee and the CBC and sports media are playing a prominent role in the US-inspired offensive which aims to isolate Russia, dehumanize its athletes and monopolize international sport. The claiming of a moral and ethical high ground is self-righteous indeed, coming from a country where “tanking” by its professional hockey and basketball teams – the deliberate losing of games in order to claim a high draft position – is presented as a norm. For the information of readers, we are printing a 2017 commentary by US sports attorney and scholar RON KATZ* in Forbes that disputes the evidence produced by the learned professor and the process.

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The Russian Sports Minister recently claimed that the so-called McLaren report, which provided the basis for the banning of Russian athletes from the Olympics and Paralympics, would not stand up to legal criticism. Using as an example the U.S. legal system, in which I have worked for 45 years, I agree. The McLaren report, formally called The Independent Person Report (IPR), lacks the basic due process required in the U.S. Court system. Continue reading

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Intimidation? Latest CAS Olympics ruling sanctioning Russian athletes contradicts 2011 case

“Essentially, the CAS ruled in 2011 that the US athlete could not be punished twice for the same thing, once as a sanction and the second time purportedly as an eligibility decision” | US sports attorney and scholar RONALD KATZ*

Law360 (February 12) – Early last week when the International Olympic Committee president — after losing an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport that cleared 28 Russian athletes of doping allegations — stated that that court might need to be restructured, that statement, given the power of the IOC, had the potential of intimidating the CAS. On Friday (February 9), when the CAS essentially reversed itself by stating that the IOC had the right to keep the cleared athletes out of the Pyeongchang Olympics, it appeared that that intimidation had worked. Continue reading

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Six lessons from the chaos surrounding Russian athletes

By RONALD KATZ*

(February 2) – The decisions by the Court of Arbitration for Sport clearing 28 Russian athletes and partially clearing 11 others have thrown the Pyeongchang Olympics into chaos less than two weeks before they begin. Previously banned athletes have been cleared by the CAS to compete, but the International Olympic Committee has not yet indicated whether it will allow such competition. It is unfortunate because this problem could have been avoided by following well-known practices in jurisprudence, which are set out below. Continue reading

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Korean Unification flag to lead delegation at Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Republic of Korea first compete together under the unification flag at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

On January 20 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) formally accepted the proposal from the Olympic Committees of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) for Korean athletes to march in the opening ceremonies at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang on February 9 under the Korean Unification flag. Athletes from Korea marching in the ceremonies will wear a special uniform with the flag on it. Korea will also have one unified women’s hockey team, the first time the two National Olympic Committees have formed a unified sports team.
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