Personally as a former competitive swimmer I didn't really care about competitors taking drugs that don't really boost performance (they are in abundance and increasing on the petty "banned lists" yearly) and I don't get why drugs like alcohol and weed are banned for "not being in the spirit of sport" I've seen many an athletes career ruined for what appears to me to be a risk not worth the reward and therefore a likely mistake. It's almost like the ruling bodies want so many chemicals on the banned lists that when they need it, they have something on everyone. The only thing I care about is that the same standards are applied to everyone.
Michael Phelps has had his fair share of strife with substances, but in the end he carried on to be the most decorated Olympian in history. His famous bong incidents and his DUI conviction seem relatively tame compared to Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gays bans for taking performance enhancing drugs, but at the end of the day all of them, and many more from the West are still free to compete, enjoy the glory and win medals for their nations.
Fast forward to today when we have hundreds of clean Russian athletes banned, not on positive dope tests like the above, but on the word of a "whistle-blower" Guilty until proven innocent. As crazy as it seems this is whats happening, and it's disgusting. Perhaps that's why these Olympics seem a bit of a let down. Add it to the massive protests Brazilians are making due to having their president ousted and a US bankster stooge usurp her, perhaps it's the blanket ban that the Russian Track & Field team had to endure, who knows....
To think that only Russia has a doping problem is naive, and other nations who's system is also to blame and not the athletes have seen ONLY THE GUILTY PUNISHED!
Why was the entire Kenyan team not banned? How come only the guilty officials were punished unlike in Russia?
The whole thing stinks if you ask me.
Athletes who are greats in their sport, athletes who have been clean their entire careers cannot compete just because they are Russian, whereas American known cheats compete to the cheers of the world. This is not right and we need to make talking about this clear politicizing of sport normal. Shame on everyone who has not called BS on this one!
It's the hypocrisy that gets me. All the brainwashed zombies who watch MSM happily show no outrage, NONE of the commentators has brought up how disgusting the decision is and some of them even believe it's a fair deal, these are people who clearly do not posses the ability for clear and rational thought. It shows us how much of the faculty of independent thought we have given up in the West.
But that's not the last of it, just when everything seemed totally weird, they decide ban the entire Russian Paralympic team too!