Blame Putin for Russia’s Olympics ban

first_imgBut many Russian voices expressed the opposite view, calling the decision a politicized one.The head of Russia’s curling federation, Dmitry Svishchev, asserted: “I am profoundly convinced that it was made under pressure. Someone needed Russia not to participate in the Games.”I have a third view. The IOC decision was tragic but necessary.“Russia,” however, should neither be blamed nor defended.Instead, the Russian government must be assigned full responsibility for this tragedy, both by foreign governments and athletes but also by Russian society.Russian President Vladimir Putin’s friend, Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, oversaw this industrial cheating scheme.That’s why the IOC banned Mutko from all future Olympic competitions. Gold medal winners will not get to hear the Russian national anthem, all because of Putin’s decision to cheat.The other losers are fans around the world, including me, who wanted to see these Russian athletes compete in Pyeongchang not as “Olympic athletes from Russia” but as fierce, proud, and patriotic members of the Russian national team.International and Russian fans who wanted to see the Russians compete in the Winter Games next year must blame Putin for this tragedy, not all of Russia and most certainly not all Russian athletes.And Russian citizens must stop blaming foreigners for this sad outcome as well and start beginning to hold their own government accountable.It’s time for Russians to start pressing Putin and his government to make different decisions. Russian athletes, and fans around the world of the Winter Games, deserve better.Michael McFaul is director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a fellow at Stanford University.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Another close Putin confidant and president of Russia’s Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov, was suspended as an IOC member.Make no mistake: Mutko and Zhukov were not some rogue actors, acting independently from Putin or the Russian government.They were his lieutenants.In Putin’s government today, there are no independent actors.Obviously, the IOC had no interest in banning one of the powerhouses in winter sports from the Games. Putin compelled them to make this decision.In assigning blame to the Kremlin, the international community as well as Russian society also should recognize that the biggest victims of the Russian government’s decisions are the clean Russian athletes who played by the Olympic rules.Putin has said Russia would not prevent its athletes from competing as neutrals, but that means they will be denied the proud moment of watching the Russian flag ascend during the medals ceremony — what should be the highlight of their athletic careers.center_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionLast week, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced a shocking decision to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, due to Russia’s “systematic manipulation of the anti-doping rules.”The public reaction to this decision — by government officials and public commentators, and on my Twitter feed — was very polarized.Most around the world rejoiced. “Russia” got what it deserved, so many explained.last_img read more

India’s top court names administrators to run BCCI

first_imgNEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – A historian, a retired auditor and a financial executive were among four persons named by India’s highest court yesterday to run the country’s cricket board (BCCI).Former India women’s captain Diana Edulji was the only administrator with direct cricket experience although historian and columnist Ramachandra Guha has written numerous books about the sport.Earlier this month, BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke were removed by the Supreme Court for failing to implement administrative reforms within the world’s richest cricket body.The court appointed Vinod Rai, former comptroller and auditor general of India, and the Chief Executive of IDFC (Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation) Vikram Limaye as the other administrators to supervise BCCI operations.In July, the court accepted most of the recommendations of a three-member panel it had set up to investigate the BCCI following a fixing scandal during the 2013 Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition.The BCCI rejected some of the recommendations made by the panel headed by former Chief Justice R.M. Lodha, which included age and tenure restrictions for top officials as well as banning them from serving successive terms.The committee of administrators, to be chaired by Rai, will take immediate charge and run the board in liaison with BCCI Chief Executive Rahul Johri until new officials are elected.last_img read more

Kings blow 28-point lead vs. Nets, continue march toward tough summer

first_imgThe Sacramento Kings do not show restraint in their play, instead operating with the intensity of a group not yet tired of the NBA’s incessant grind.Their boundless energy left the Nets gasping for air at times Tuesday night, as the Kings sprinted out to 28-point lead in the third quarter. In other moments, though, it left them vulnerable, allowing Brooklyn to storm back to claim an unlikely 123-121 win on a last-second Rondae Hollis-Jefferson layup. For the league’s fastest-paced team, it was another uneven night of work. And while many peg the Kings to eventually transform into a playoff contender, this coming summer could stall the fun.Center Willie-Cauley Stein will be a restricted free agent and Sacramento’s first-round draft pick is almost certainly headed to Boston from a trade completed in 2015, meaning there will be few avenues to meaningfully improve a roster that has yet to reach the playoffs in a difficult Western Conference.Adding forward Harrison Barnes and his $25 million player option for 2019-20 before the trade deadline made additional maneuvers more challenging.MORE: Our shifting view of KareemWhether Sacramento is able to come away from the summer a better outfit than before will depend on whether its front office has finally gotten itself together after decades of malpractice.The best-case scenario for the organization is obvious: lightning-quick point guard De’Aaron Fox and 2018 first-round pick Marvin Bagley develop into a legitimate stars, and Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic offer consistent supplemental shooting from the wings to form a satisfactory supporting cast. Harry Giles perhaps also becomes an NBA starter, having offered glimpses of his two-way potential.Such an outlook was visible most of Tuesday night, starting with a 38-point first quarter in which eight different players scored. The Kings passed the 100-point mark with 2:08 left in the third quarter. Fox finished with 22 points and nine assists. Bagley had 28 points and seven rebounds.But you don’t need to squint to see the worst-case scenario with this franchise unfold. It was right there as the Kings allowed D’Angelo Russell to ignite in the fourth quarter to torch what had been a stellar performance. It’s possible the current crop of up-tempo youngsters never develops the defensive acumen necessary to truly compete in the brutal Western Conference, and the team’s cap space and draft capital ultimately proves insufficient to bolster a group seemingly one piece away from clicking.As exciting as the Kings have been for parts of the season and even parts of individual games, the lingering concern is difficult to completely stuff away.The key for Sacramento, at least in the short term, may be unlocking the full talent of a player Golden State and Dallas failed to open up. Barnes, who has not come close to living up to the hefty salary Dallas gave him three summers ago, could be boosted by a better fit with the Kings.At 26, there is still flickering hope he can salvage his career and become at least a positive contributor. In a small, 16-game sample with Sacramento this season, he has posted his best net rating since he was with the Warriors. Barnes has also improved his shooting numbers. Crucially, he has done those things with a usage rate down significantly from when he was in Dallas, perhaps signaling he is best suited as a complementary player rather than a key offensive cog. His best stint in the NBA, of course, came when he was part of a young, ascending Golden State team.For the Kings to make the playoffs next season, Barnes won’t need to be a first or second scoring option. That’s what Fox, Hield, Bogdanovic and Bagley are there for. What he will have to be is an efficient shooter who can space the floor on offense while defending at a high level.If Barnes can’t do that, there might not be many other avenues for Sacramento to find answers.last_img read more

Irwin Defends Capital Square Vault Title Behind Event Record

first_imgFinal ResultsMen Andrew Irwin, Arkansas Vault Club, 19-1.5 (5.83) Devin King, unattached, 18-5.25 (5.62) Cole Walsh, unattached, 18-5.25 (5.62) Austin Miller, unattached, 17-6.5 (5.35) Garrett Starkey, unattached, NHWomen Irwin, the 2019 USA Indoor national champion, set a new Cap Square Vault record as he cleared 19-1.5 (5.83) on his first attempt. Irwin, who joined the competition at 18-0.5 (5.50), didn’t miss until an attempt until 18-8.75 (5.71). Later after his record jump, he attempted 19-4.25 (5.90) but missed on all three of his attempts. Grove defeated first-time participant Annie (Rhodes) Jonnigan by having more clean attempts by clearing 14-9.25 (4.50) on her first attempt. The pair each failed to clear 15-1.5 (4.61) on three attempts. DES MOINES, Iowa – Andrew Irwin defended his men’s title at the fourth-annual Capital Square Vault presented by Catch Des Moines and the Des Moines Register in downtown Des Moines Wednesday evening, April 24. Emily Grove, a four-time All-American and Summit League champion at South Dakota, claimed the women’s title in her first appearance at the event.center_img That one-of-a-kind event also featured, Devin King, Austin Miller, Cole Walsh and Garrett Starkey in the men’s field. The women’s Capital Square Vault event included Kortney Ross and Kristen Leland who were sixth and seventh at last year’s Drake Relays. Megan Clark also made her Capital Square Vault debut. Emily Grove, unattached, 14-11.5 (4.56) Annie (Rhodes) Jonnigan, unattached, 14-11.5 (4.56) Kortney Ross, unattached, 14-9.25 (4.50) Megan Clark, New York Athletic Club, 14.1-25 (4.30) Kristen (Hixson) LeLand, unattached, NHPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

BAHAMAS Courtesy Call By Ms Eilleen Shania Twain Country Singer Youre Still

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 11, 2017 – Nassau – Country Singer & Songwriter, Eileen “Shania” Twain & Family paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis at the Office of the Prime Minister, December 7, 2017.Pictured are Prime Minister Minnis (centre right), Eileen Shania Twain (centre) & Family, with OPM Staff.(Photo/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services) Related Items:last_img