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2017: A good year for the bad guys

2017: A good year for the bad guys

2017: A good year for the bad guys
December 07
14:22 2017

Jesús Sánchez Meleán

As expected, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to impose a sanction on Russia. The IOC investigation determined that Russian Olympic authorities crater a system to change the urine tests taken by Russian athletes who competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics. The IOC concluded that the swap was done to mask the presence of banned substances in the athletes’ bodies. By mistake, the original urine from a Russian athlete was evaluated and tested positive for doping.

Grigory Rodchenkov, former director of the Moscow antidoping lab, confessed that for years, part of his job was to provide banned substances to the Russian athletes. What is worse, is that Rodchenkov affirms that the idea to fraudulently boost the Russian athletes was a State policy. He was following instructions from the Minister of Sports, who was following orders from and had direct contact with Vladimir Putin. With all those elements, it is clear that Russia committed fraud in several sport disciplines.

The sanction consists that only few Russian athletes will be able to compete at the next Winter Olympics, that will take place in PyeongChang, Korea, in January of 2018. Those athletes will be invited by the IOC, after numerous tests are made to ensure they haven’t consumed banned substances. Those athletes would use a different uniform from the Russian uniform, and if they win medals, they won’t be added to Russia’s statistics. And there won’t be Russian hymn or flag. The Russian Olympic officials won’t be allowed in Korea during the Olympics.

These sanctions seem sufficient. Forbidding the Russian national symbols is enough humiliation to the dignity of that country. However, it’s been seen how a large part of the athletic community in the world have celebrated Putin’s gangster-like strategies to win at sports. Putin was the guest of honor at the team draws for the World Cup that will take place in Russia. He made it clear that he is the boss for the 2018 World Cup. And he insisted that he has no regrets regarding the doping case.

Putin is not the only one who commits irregularities and walks out unpunished. The recently demoted dictator of Zimbabwe, known for his bloody style of ruling, Robert Mugabe, has been recognized. On December 1st, the nation’s official press announced that his birthday would become a national holiday in Zimbabwe. The festive day will be called Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Day and it will take place every February 21st. Mugabe, a hated figure for most of the population of his country, but supported by their armed forces, is now a national hero.

Mugabe’s performance as a leader was pathetic. His policies of expropriation of private investments drew 4 million people, all with college degrees, to abandon Zimbabwe, beginning in the year 2000. Meanwhile, with his Marxist-Leninist ideas on how to handle public health, the life expectancy in that country went from 62 years in 1990 to 36 years in 2006. Human rights advocates assure there is evidence of his responsibility in promoting crimes against sectors of the population that opposed his regime.

He didn’t exit power to be tried at an International Criminal Court. He was practically elevated to an altar, like the saints. To that same altar is being taken Roy Moore, Republican candidate for the Senate for the State of Alabama. Moore, a 70-year-old former judge, has been accused of sexually abusing several minors, between 14 and 18 years of age. He has denied the accusations against him for episodes that took place in the 1970s. So far, eight women from Alabama have denounced aggressions from Moore.

There is a good chance that Moore gets elected as a federal Senator. Trump was dodging a clear endorsement of Moore. Instead, he was strategically criticizing Moore’s opponent. But during the campaign’s final stretch, Trump and the Republican National Committee (RNC) are supporting Moore again to win that Senate race. And as soon as he arrives to the Senate, his Republican colleagues will probably introduce their wives and daughters to him. I have no doubt that 2017 has been a good year for the bad guys.   

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