baron-pierreIV Posted July 24, 2016 Report Share Posted July 24, 2016 11 minutes ago, Quaker2001 said: No. The IOC essentially punted responsibility for this to the IF's. They can handle this how they see fit. The IOC could have made the statement themselves and said the whole of Russia is banned. Instead, they basically said "we don't want to deal with this, we'll let others take care of this." They're asking the IF's to handle this in a matter of just a couple of weeks, so given that timeframe, it's more than likely that a few dirty athletes will slip through the cracks and be competing in Rio. And that means every time there's a Russian in a competition, especially if that athlete does well, there will automatically be suspicion. 1 This is how I thought it would play out. #1 - A blanket ban is too punitive (even for the so-called "innocent" ones). #2 - The IFs would have to scramble really hard to fill the spots filled by Russian teams (specially in Volleyball where they have had very rigorous qualifying rounds -- and many volleyball players from other countries now standing up for their Russian counterparts). I think the decision is a right one. And the IOC still hasn't announced how they would deal with PyongChang 2018. I think they are reserving that to hit Russia harder. Russia's non-appearance there PLUS the expungement of the 2014 records will be even more embarrassing for Muddah-f*cka Russia. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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