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Russian boxers to boycott Olympics if sanctions not lifted

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Are the figure skating medals going to be revoked from the Russian girls who won them simply because they are Russian?

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Russian boxers to boycott Olympics if sanctions not lifted

See ya. Don't need ya. Don't your steroid ridden culture cheating our Olympics. Go away now. Tah.

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Are the figure skating medals going to be revoked from the Russian girls who won them simply because they are Russian?

Ban Russians from anything sport related.

They are cheats through and through, up to the state level.

Useless. We don't need them, and the Olympics will be a better place without them. They would use up oxygen other people could be using. That would be a shame.

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Russian boxers to boycott Olympics if sanctions not lifted

Oh no. What will we do. I'm pretty sure the IOC is prepared for you not to show up, comrade...

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Useless. We don't need them, and the Olympics will be a better place without them. They would use up oxygen other people could be using. That would be a shame.

Whoa easy.

Don't forget, since Russian athletes are currently world leaders in many fields, like figure skating, boxing, Judo and ice hockey.

If you ban them from competing, you take away the opportunity of all the other athletes to win a true gold.

Sports like Judo and Boxing have their own internal doping compliance systems, and they consider Russia to be compliant.

With the Russians being banned, every medal will have an asterisk next to it and winners will always wonder for the rest of their lives if it was truly fair that Russians were banned from the competition.

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Don't forget, since Russian athletes are currently world leaders in many fields, like figure skating, boxing, Judo and ice hockey.

Um, yeah, cause they’re doped to their t&$s on steroids.

If you ban them from competing, you take away the opportunity of all the other athletes to win a true gold.

No, you give them a chance to win by removing the cheaters.

With the Russians being banned, every medal will have an asterisk next to it 

If we’re to let in the Russians, every one of their wins would need to have a steroid mark to it.

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With the Russians being banned, every medal will have an asterisk next to it and winners will always wonder for the rest of their lives if it was truly fair that Russians were banned from the competition.

And if the Russians weren't banned, every Russian medal would have to have an asterisk next to it asking if they really earned it or were they doping. Every single Russian athlete can thank their own government for tarnishing their reputations for decades to come.

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Was that supposed to be a threat?

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Close the door on your way out. до свида́ния

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The Americans have been just as guilty of doping over history in the Olympics and major global sports. Tyson Gay, Marion Jones, Lance Armstrong, Justin Gatland - these are not minor stars and they earned millions.

The Olympics would be better off without both Russia and the US and their cold war medal rush.

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Strangerland

our Olympics.

What makes you OWN your Olympics?

They are cheats through and through, up to the state level.

Any evidence that ALL Russian athletes are cheats? You are generalizing all Russians.

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Good Cheaters aren't welcome.

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Brothers Williams, Norway asthma skiers and many many others "clean" farma winners welcome it.

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Good. Enjoy your dope-filled Spartakiads, and may the one with the best drugs win.

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The Americans have been just as guilty of doping over history in the Olympics and major global sports. Tyson Gay, Marion Jones, Lance Armstrong, Justin Gatland - these are not minor stars and they earned millions.

This is silly. Sure there have been dopers from most if not all countries.

You do realize there is a reason why they banned Russia and not other countries countries right? Hint: it starts with ‘state’ and ends with ‘sponsored doping program’.

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What makes you OWN your Olympics? 

Um, because I’m a member of a country that participate in them without a state sponsored doping program.

Any evidence that ALL Russian athletes are cheats? You are generalizing all Russians.

Maybe you should look into what Russia did to get themselves banned, since it appears you don’t know.

If you’ve got Netflix, start with Icarus, which shows how the government were doping all their athletes. Then look into the measures they took at their own Sochi Olympics to cheat doping controls.

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Anyways boo-hoo to the boxers. Emigrate to a country that isn’t running a state sponsored doping program.

They profitably don’t want to get off the steroids though and have to compete on a level playing field.

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If it is true that they have all the answers to get the ban against the boxers overturned, then let them in if they are as clean as they say.

Quote from article: Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov talked up Russia's chances of overturning the WADA sanctions. “I think that there is every basis to appeal the decision, because our experts have presented their position, and they have the same database as WADA does,” Kolobkov said in comments reported by state news agency Tass. “There is an answer to every question and the whole process is ahead of us.”

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Strangers, nobody is disputing the level of Russian doping.

It exceeds any other nation and this move from WADA is welcome.

But, when it comes to the USA, people standing in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

The LA Olympics committee destroyed medical evidence requested by the IOC and one third of the LA Olympics US cycling team admitted blood transfusions. They won 9 medals.

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But, when it comes to the USA, people standing in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Say what?’ When has any other country been found to be running a state-sponsored doping program?

This is a glass house in which any country other than Russia can throw stones.

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The Russian boxers should start the blame on their state doping agency

It's their state agency that screwed them

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Well, see ya! Your loss.

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But, when it comes to the USA, people standing in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

The LA Olympics committee destroyed medical evidence requested by the IOC and one third of the LA Olympics US cycling team admitted blood transfusions. They won 9 medals.

And here's where you lose the argument. Blood transfusions were not prohibited by the IOC before the 1984 olympics. The US cycling team didn't break any rules, not to mention that still was not state sponsored, it was done by the individual cyclists within their team.

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09523367.2014.958667?journalCode=fhsp20

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Join Cuba Olympic team? North Korea? China? Syria? Hmm.

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They should consider themselves to be lucky enough to be allowed to compete at all.

Every time I see a Russian athlete with a gold medal, I wonder if he/she won it based on talent or steroids.

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