Journalists got dragged off camera. NBC pulled journalist who mentioned the Uyghurs. And as for 15-year-old Russian skater, Kamila Valieva, well, that initial quadruple turned into the quadruple that roared. Her drug test came back positive for a banned heart medication. Generally, when athletes test positive for banned substances, they cannot claim their win nor can they compete. Disqualification is the penalty. How the drugs got into her system is not the issue. Whether she took them voluntarily or aggressive coaches foisted them upon her, the penalty must be the same to prevent both athletes and coaches from crossing that line into performance enhancing drugs.
However, the bumbling IOC decided, with Russia shelling kindergartens in Ukraine, that now was not a good time to banish that country’s athletes. So, the young skater could continue competing but there would not be an awards ceremony if she won. In what universe was this a good idea let alone a means for upholding rules and standards? Now that the young girl blew her performance in her final competition and had a crying jag, the IOC is outraged at her treatment.
The mental gymnastics, as it were (of Olympic proportion), are stunning. Is there a clear thinker anywhere in Beijing? Nope. These Olympics were ill-fated when the IOC allowed the CCP to host the 2022 games. The whole effort was a facade that began to develop layers of facades. Those brave ambassadors who staged a diplomatic boycott, whatever that means. Those obsequious toadies from NBC. The IOC officials creating new rules, new solutions, and new outrage at what those new things wrought. Where in the world is there principle?
Peradventure, on the tennis courts, or not on the tennis courts is more accurate. In that sport they ban athletes from competition who prefer not to put medications in their bodies. No exceptions to that requirement even when science demonstrates natural immunity affords the same or greater protection. If only Djokovic were Russian. He would have a chance to break the rules and still compete.
Politics and sports do not mix. Indeed, once you start it is a slippery slope on which a quadruple is impossible.