Putin allows Russian athletes to participate in Olympics

The International Olympic committee will allow Russian athletes to compete in South Korea, and so will Putin.

The Russian Olympic team was banned because of a state-run doping program but ultimately the IOC (International Olympic Committee) voted to allow the athletes to participate as “athletes from Russia.”

Putin described the IOC punishment as a “humiliation.”

In 2014, at Sochi–in Russia’s homeland– Russia’s team of 232 athletes dominated, winning 33 medals, 13 of which were gold. The International Olympic Committee has now banned 25 of these Russian athletes for doping and stripped 11 medals from the Russian count.

Investigations continue.

According to the NY Times, in a man-on-the-street interview in Moscow, one citizen explains that Russian athletes were singled out despite widespread international doping.

And, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry posted on her Facebook page: “They are always trying to put us down in everything — our way of life, our culture, our history, and now sport as well.”

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