Russia Set to Host Their Own Winter Olympics for Banned Athletes
When you don’t get invited to the party I guess you just have to make your own, right Russia?
Putin says what?! Yes, you read that right. Russia has plans to hold its own version of the Winter Olympics for its banned athletes according to Russian news agency TASS. This isn’t the first time that the country has hosted their very own Olympics, back in 2016 they had a “Summer Olympics”.
In an official statement, the International Olympic-Committee highlights their decision to ban Russia from this year’s Olympic Games as a country due to widespread doping violations. Though they did allow many athletes from Russia to compete. However, their medals would not be applied to the official count for Russia. Russia’s deputy prime minister, Vitaly Mutko, referred to the banning as “a spurious pretext, because of vociferous political campaign unleashed against our country”
HUH? Don’t worry I’m confused as well. He goes on to say “In order to preserve our potential in winter sports, support athletes and give them a chance to fulfill themselves, an order was signed that determines five sports: skiing, biathlon, bobsleigh, short track and speed skating in which almost all [Russian athletes]were not admitted [to the Games],” Alright Mutko, Russia has to make their own lane because they aren’t welcomed to the Olympics, we get it.
This competition will take place after the real Olympics and will last for a few weeks. There isn’t much more information about how the first one went back in 2016, or how this decision will affect the TV audience of the Pyenogchang Olympics. Considering that Russia typically has the largest viewing audience for the winter events.