Rebecca R. Ruiz and Tariq Panja, reporting for The New York Times:
Russia’s Olympic team has been barred from the 2018 Winter Games
in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The country’s government officials
are forbidden to attend, its flag will not be displayed at the
opening ceremony and its anthem will not sound.
Any athletes from Russia who receive special dispensation to
compete will do so as individuals wearing a neutral uniform,
and the official record books will forever show that Russia won
That was the punishment issued Tuesday to the proud sports
juggernaut that has long used the Olympics as a show of global
force but was exposed for systematic doping in previously
unfathomable ways. The International Olympic Committee, after
completing its own prolonged investigations that reiterated what
had been known for more than a year, handed Russia penalties for
doping so severe they were without precedent in Olympics history.
I’m curious if Old Happy Thumbs will fire up his iPhone to comment on this one.