Thursday 14th of December 2017

trying hard to belittle russia...

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The International Olympic Committee has ruled on Tuesday to suspend the Russian Olympic Committee immediately. The IOC's decision follows a probe into the country's alleged "systematic doping manipulation."

The International Olympic Committee has ruled on Tuesday that a special commission will select clean Russian athletes who will be able to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea's Pyeongchang.

The IOC has listed the criteria for the sportsmen:

  • Athletes must not have been disqualified or declared ineligible for any Anti-Doping Rule Violation.

  • Athletes must have undergone all the pre-Games targeted tests recommended by the Pre-Games Testing Task Force.

  • Athletes must have undergone any other testing requirements specified by the panel to ensure a level playing field

These clean athletes "will compete with a uniform bearing this name and under the Olympic Flag. The Olympic Anthem will be played in any ceremony."

Thomas Bach, the IOC President, has commented on the decision:

"As an athlete myself, I feel very sorry for all the clean athletes from all NOCs who are suffering from this manipulation [alleged doping]. Working with the IOC Athletes' Commission, we will now look for opportunities to make up for the moments they have missed on the finish line or on the podium."

Thomas Bach said that there was no reason for Russian athletes to boycott Olympic Games.

"An Olympic boycott has never achieved anything. I don't see any reason for a boycott by Russian athletes, because we allow clean Russian athletes to participate and to show that there are clean athletes in Russia. In this way, we think that clean Russian athletes can be about building a bridge into the future of cleaner sport than erection of a new wall between Russia and the Olympic movement."

IOC President also said that the decision was taken without any political influence.

Read more:

https://sputniknews.com/sport/201712051059728210-ioc-decision-russia-oly...

 

The Baron de Coubertin would roll in his grave should he hear that last sentence... "the decision was taken without any political influence."

 

Image at top from a MAD Magazine ("olimpic" super special), mischiefed by Gus Leonisky...

 

meanwhile, the USA, looking for the russian portaloos...

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According to  Lt. Gen. Viktor Sevastyanov, the Commander of the 4th Air and Air Defence Forces Army of the Russian Southern Military District, the interception was carried out only after the US reconnaissance plane flew about 10 kilometers closer to the state border of Russia. The Poseidon was forced to change its trajectory, move away from Russia's airspace, and the Russian fighter jet escorted it as it returned to the base.

 

Sevastyanov pointed out the professionalism of the Su-30 crew, adding that this was the standard practice of preventing the violation of the air border.

"Our pilots, in actual fact, helped US colleagues avoid an international scandal that would have broken if they violated Russia's state border», Sevastyanov said.

In the wake of the incident, CNN reported citing Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza that Russia's Su-30 had made an "unsafe" intercept of a US P-8A Poseidon maritime, patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.

 

US European Command Spokesman Juan Martinez explained that the maneuver was dubbed "unsafe" since the Russian jet made a close approach with full afterburners on, while the P-8A was "conducting a routine operation in international airspace."

Speaking to Sputnik about the incident, Vladimir Kozin, a professor at the Russian Academy of Military Sciences, referred to the Pentagon's claims about "unsafe" Russian "behavior" as just "noise."

"There were no dangerous interceptions, and will not be any. Our pilots are responsible people, and understand that any dangerous interception can end badly for both sides. Therefore, instead of raising all this noise, the US military should just stop its provocative flights near our territory," the military expert said.


He added that recently the US has been actively engaged in aerial espionage missions all along Russia's borders and that if Pentagon wants to avoid similar incidents in the future, the US should halt that practice.

 

The Russian Defense Ministry has noted a major uptick in US and NATO flights near Russian territory in recent months. In mid-November, the Ministry reported that jets were scrambled three times in one week to chase away foreign recon planes. In the seven day period, twelve spy planes were caught approaching Russian airspace, including six on the western borders, three in the Russian Arctic, one on the southwestern flank and two from the east. A week before that, 17 foreign aircraft were reported to be patrolling the border, with Russian planes scrambled twice to intercept. 

 

Read more:

https://sputniknews.com/russia/201711291059522476-su-30-interception-us-...

What are the US planes doing there? Looking for evidence of doping in the Russian Vodka?

politically-motivated decision...

The Russian Olympic Team's suspension from the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea is an orchestrated and politically-motivated decision, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee ruled to disqualify the Russian team from participating in the games following a probe into the country's alleged "systematic doping manipulation." According to the IOC, so-called 'clean' Russian athletes that choose to participate must compete under the Olympic Flag, and the Olympic Anthem will play in the event that they receive medals.

Russian President Vladimir Putin voiced his disagreement with the decision. "All of this looks like an absolutely staged and politically motivated decision. We can see it, and for me there is no doubt about it," he said, speaking to workers at an automotive plant in Nizhny Novgorod where he also announced his intention to seek reelection at the upcoming 2018 elections.


As for the terms of the IOC decision, Putin said that it would be up to individual Russian athletes to decide if they would participate as neutral competitors. "We will certainly not declare any boycott. We will not prevent our Olympians from competing if they want to take part as individuals," he said.

 

Denying claims of the existence of a Russian state-sponsored doping program, Putin said that the testimony of former Moscow anti-doping lab director Grigory Rodchenkov, whose allegations led to investigations which culminated in the IOC's decision, raised more questions than they answered. The final decision was "mainly based on the testimony of a person whose moral and ethical attitudes and psychological state raise many questions," Putin said, without referring to Rodchenkov by name. "Most of the accusations are based on claims which have not been proven and are largely unfounded," he added.

Putin noted that Russia was partially to blame for the situation, and called for anyone actually found guilty of violating the IOC's anti-doping rules to be punished, but added that the body used the allegations in a "dishonest" way to issue a blanket ban against the entire Russian team.

 

Read more:

https://sputniknews.com/sport/201712061059761847-putin-russia-olympic-ba...