December 9, 2019
This has crossed the line into “cruel and unusual” territory.
I don’t recall the Soviet Union being totally banned from all sports competitions during the height of the Cold War.
It’s clear now that Russia needs to start making its own everything going forward. Off the top of my head, here’s what they’re going to need to remake:
- Internet (very good progress on this front)
- Banking system (too many Jews in Russia stopping this)
- Military (almost finished)
- Movie industry (a lot of work to be done on this front)
Basically, it’s time to start going full autarky.
Russia has been handed a four-year ban from all major sporting events by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada).
It means the Russia flag and anthem will not be allowed at events such as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics and football’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
But athletes who can prove they are untainted by the doping scandal will be able to compete under a neutral flag.
Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev said the ban was part of “chronic anti-Russian hysteria”.
Yeah, you look at these young ripped athletes and you just know that they’re on bovine growth hormone or something. This doesn’t bother me, I always thought this practice was common knowledge.
My only question is: why are we pretending that it’s only Russia that does this?
The only logical position to take is that everyone is on steroids unless proven otherwise. And then you have to consider that the steroid tests are just another part of the whole competition. Every four years, the coaches come up with creative ways to get around the random checks and outmaneuver the monitors. Just because it isn’t televised doesn’t mean that it’s not happening and that the stakes aren’t real.
Banning a whole country from the Olympics seems a bit much, no?
Especially when you consider that this comes on the heels of the 2018 banning in South Korea. Put together, this has effectively banned Russia from 6+ years of sports. An entire generation of athletes has gotten totally screwed.
“It is obvious that significant doping problems still exist in Russia, I mean our sporting community,” he said. “This is impossible to deny.
“But on the other hand the fact that all these decisions are repeated, often affecting athletes who have already been punished in one way or another, not to mention some other points – of course this makes one think that this is part of anti-Russian hysteria which has become chronic.”
Wada’s executive committee made the unanimous decision to impose the ban on Russia in a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Monday.
Personally, I don’t really care about the Olympics – I watch the opening ceremony and a few highlight reels and that’s about it. But unlike myself, the Kremlin decided to build their national platform on International Sportsball, so they’re going to be REEEEE’ing about this from now until the end of time.
The entirety of the 20th Century (colorized)
The three plank program they thought up:
- Victory in the Great Patriotic War (WWII)
- Sportsball success
- Christian Orthodoxy
This is what the Russian state promotes now. And just for comparison – the modern American equivalent isn’t really all that different:
- Founding Fathers/US Constitution
- Saving Jews from being masturbated to death in WWII
- Magic Black Moses I and II (MLK + Obama)
Russia’s problem is that their meta-narrative is getting attacked on all fronts.
Now you have the EU saying that the USSR was as much to blame for WWII as Nazi Germany. This isn’t being said because the bureaucrats in Brussels have become secretly based, but simply because they want to attack Putin’s government.
The Russky media talks about it nonstop, framing it as a betrayal and a prelude to war.
Vladimir Putin is overall a pretty solid guy, but his plan was pretty Boomer-tier, you have to admit.
With one of the planks of the platform completely collapsed and the other one under serious attack, he’s going to have to rethink Russia’s meta-narrative going forward.
Hopefully, the brain trust comes up with something better this time around.