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IOC chief Bach slams 'deplorable' government views on Russia

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By GRAHAM DUNBAR

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Mr Bach tells it like it is and shows up the horrific hypocrisy of many nations

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Nobody banned the US during all the wars and invasions.

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Follow the money...... Mr. Bach is all about the money. Russia has not improved its position on the world stage since it was banned for.........state. sponsored. DOPEING. A country's actions have consequences and those consequences should extend to the people of that country.

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Crooked Bach has been paid to take this stance. Despicable person he is.

If South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kuwait, Japan, Germany and more can be prevented from participating in the Olympics historically - so can warmongering fascist Russia and Belarus.

There are rightly all manner of consequences when nations invade others and kill children, women and civilians.

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"Olympics IOC chief Basch slams 'deplorable' government views on Russia"

Looks like your editors "basched" Bach

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Nobody banned the US during all the wars and invasions.

Indeed. It wasnt even suggested. Hypocrisy is rampant among the current Russian hating war mongers, led by Hypocrite in Chief IceCream Joe Biden.

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Shame on you Mr.Bach

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I partially agree with Bach. Why is America and Europe expecting Asia to care about a tiny war in Eastern Europe when there are plenty of wars closer to home?

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The U.S wasn't actually out invading countries on a land grab though was it,

Oh? What exactly was the US out invading countries on, pray tell.

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Btw, USA in Iraq alone is WAY ahead of Russia in the body count, and will remain so.

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IOC president Thomas Bach also suggested those governments — which seemed to include his own home country Germany — had “double standards” for focusing on athletes from countries involved in just one of about 70 wars and armed conflicts ongoing in the world.

You think?

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I think unfortunately you can't punish athletes for their Nazi governments. We can make sure, however, that their national symbols are nowhere to be found, their politics are out of the event space, and there won't be future genocide games like the ones in Sochi and Beijing.

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He does have a point. Those Western countries shouting, will have more credibility if, they have mentioned about all the other wars happening. Especially those conflicts instigated/started be the World's hegemon, the optic will be, you are not afraid to speak up, you are truly speaking up because its not right!!!! BUT,

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Not even related to Russia’s invasion, almost all of the Russian athletes are doping. They should be banned on that alone.

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So, what is this Russian doping scandal all about? The Russian figure skater was found top have used Trimetazidine:

*"It can increase blood flow efficiency and improve endurance"*

Let's compare this with Creatine:

*"creatine loading can enhance an athlete’s ability to perform tasks that require short bursts of power"*

Both have potentially beneficial effects. When it comes to creatine, it is allowed, because the effect is not guaranteed. Though, everyone knows that creatine has a huge importance for athletic performance.

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The effect of creatine is no less guaranteed than the effect of Trimetazidine.

Ok, so the Russian "state sponsored" doping? This is referring to Jintropin. It is illegal to use for non-medical purposes in most countries, though legal in PRC.

"Jintropin promotes muscle development, and is responsible for the regulation of fat usage, and the conversion of fat into energy."

This is the same drug as used by Sylvester Stallone, and the effect is obvious if you watch the Rambo movie remake. Definitely not fair play... but... used by American actors glorifying the Vietnam War. Well...

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Russian and Belarusian athletes could be denied visas so when they turn up in France they could be held and then deported as undesirables.

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If you want peace, you have to find peace with the Russians, there will be no peace against the Russians!

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You can’t call it world sports anymore. It should be called geopolitical sports.

as much as I hate this guy, he is at least doing something, but I am very suspicious of his motives.

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Rodney

Tom Bach is a kind and honest man. Because he won’t bow down to thugs and extremists like the current Ukrainian regime, he is given hassle, all undeserved.

The Olympics are are for all of mankind, regardless of nationality.

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Oh? What exactly was the US out invading countries on, pray tell.

Not shamelessly stealing land like Russia, that is for sure.

Btw, USA in Iraq alone is WAY ahead of Russia in the body count, and will remain so.

Only if you use fictional numbers (millions and millions!) and ignore the fact that ISIS had a role, too. If warcriming Russia somehow actually succeeded in taking over Ukraine, they would probably reach similar numbers but we would never hear about it because Russia is a press free country (as in they have no press left).

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If you want peace, you have to find peace with the Russians, there will be no peace against the Russians!

Russians aren't supermen. They are perfectly capable of taking an L like in WW1.

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Why???????...

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