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It has focused wide attention on the — on the pressing threats posed by the Russian autocrat.
Why, for instance, are Russian athletes training for Rio being penalised for what Russia is alleged to have done at Sochi?
The Winter Olympics, where there can be no crossover of the same athletes.
Their argument for a total ban rests not just on the scale of Russia’s past violations, not just on the risk of unfair competition continuing at Rio, but on the direct involvement of Russian state institutions, as confirmed by the World Anti-doping Agency's inquiry.
Personally, I am relieved for a host of reasons, but here are a few.
How come Russia's own anti-doping authorities were under so little scrutiny at Sochi? How many of the new positives can be explained by improvements in detection techniques facilitating retrospective tests, rather than actual failings first time around?