Photo: Russian DanceSport Union President Irina Petrova, left, has been told she must step down if her organisation is to avoid expulsion from the World DanceSport Federation - Photo courtesy WDSF
A blanket ban on Russian competitors taking part at this year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro could be demanded by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) if accusations of an orchestrated and state-supported doping scheme at Sochi 2014 are proven, the body's President Sir Craig Reedie [in photo] claimed here on June 20.
Two-time Paralympic Games champion in the F12 category, Oksana Zubkovska, surprised with second place, also posting an Olympic standard of 6.70m in her sixth attempt. The 34-year-old beat Anna Kornuta, who finished the competition with the same result after having only one successful jump in the first round.
As Brian Whitmore points out in this Daily Vertical, there is no doubt that the behavior of Russian football hooligans in France is state encouraged and supported. And that must lead to the next question, i.e. why should there be any doubt in anyone’s mind that FIFA should be seriously rethinking its assignment of hosting duties for the 2018 World Cup to what is rapidly become exposed as a rogue nation?
Sports have become just another part of Vladimir Putin’s hybrid war against the rest of the world. The failure of the country’s sports authorities to fulfil promises made for rules compliance seems to mean the almost inevitable exclusion of Russia from competition in Rio – and the possible loss of the right to hold the World Cup.
“At a minimum, that should lead to Russia’s disqualification from the European Cup competition, to the stripping of Russia of the right to host the World Cup in 2018, and to a realization in the West that the Putin regime is completely contemptuous of all rules of the game in all segments of life and must be ostracized until it changes.”
Germany Athletics Federation (DLV) President Clemens Prokop has urged International Olympic Committee (IOC) counterpart Thomas Bach not to allow athletes from countries without fully functioning anti-doping systems to compete at Rio 2016.
Photo: Clemens Prokop
UBO Commentary: Why not Kyiv?* The requirements call for the host venue to be able to adequately handle about 3,000 visitors. Kyiv has already handled such events as Euro 2012, the Eurovision Song Contest and other events that have involved much larger crowds. We believe that if Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko, an extremely well-known and highly respected sports figure and Sergey Bubka, president of the National Olympic Committee – and one of the most highly respected IOC officials since 1999 – would join forces to put together a team to pursue this opportunity, Kyiv could successfully contend for designation as host for this immensely prestigious event.