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
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.
* * *
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
“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*
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
Mark Tewksbury’s slanderous attack on Yelana Isinbayeva | TONY SEED
(August 25) – The latest broadcaster to shoot off his mouth to the world and bray his catastrophic ignorance is Canadian ex-swimmer Mark Tewksbury, a prominent colour and expert commentator at the Rio Olympics for the state-owned Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He was the chef de mission in the London Olympics four years ago, so he knows the drill. Right from the Opening Ceremonies, CBC has been broadcasting biased and malicious comments and reports against Russian athletes, as well as joining Western media outlets, both mainstream and tabloid in casting aspersions on Brazil itself. Continue reading
By MARCEL WOLAND
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