The whole project needs a rethink. Scrap all the flags: let athletes compete as citizens of the world
I have some sympathy for Vladimir Putin. For years, he was playing footsie with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC had surely known perfectly well, and for decades, that Russian athletes, like many others, were doped to the eyeballs. It turned a deaf ear to all whistleblowers and journalists on the subject, even when clear evidence was privately submitted to it and its laughable “anti-doping” agency by Vitaly and Yuliya Stepanov, as long ago as 2010. The IOC did nothing to damage the farrago of cheating, waste and corruption that was the 2014 Sochi winter games.