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skaryan499 karma

Why are allowing Russian athletes who doped not only participate but still represent their country, since they can place Russia on their gear (so long as its equal size to the nondescript Olympic contestant phrase) and have their colors? How do you justify the integrity of the games by allowing this? How is this any less corrupt than FIFA?

skaryan78 karma

Thanks for your response. Usually AMA ppl don’t respond to follow ups, I assume due to the volume of questions. However, it is interesting you point out the icarus documentary and Grigory Rodchenkov. While I agree he orchestrated the doping scheme and thus should be reprimanded. Do you not consider him to be in some capacity a whistleblower? And to your statement on him escaping Russia, do you think it would have been better for him to stay there, and in all likelihood be killed? I don’t think that’s too far fetched given the deaths of his colleagues, and the Russian government’s penchant for poisoning political opponents. His testimony was paramount to exposing the doping. It doesn’t rectify everything he did, but it should be noted. Also, my opinion was Bryan Fogel was more trying to understand how doping gives advantages in cycling rather than actually using doping to win (given the obvious doping controversy in the sport), considering he chronicled the entire process. But that’s a less important differing opinion.

In addition, while I recognize that some restrictions on the athletes were put in place, it seems like a slap on the wrist and I see no justification for keeping the name Russia or the athletes. They still compete. They can still win medals. And The Russian government don’t seem to care. Especially when their sanctions get cut in half.