VITALY MUTKO is a very powerful man in Russia. Deputy Prime Minister. former head of the Russian Football Union and Minister of Sport and now head of Russia 2018 World Cup Organizing Committee. Well, he has just had his wings clipped and has been banned for life by the IOC International Olympic Committee and told not to show up in PyeongChang, South Korea, February 9th-25th for the Olympic Winter Games. Russian TV have announced that they will not cover the Games.
On Monday Russian athletes were strolling down the catwalk in Moscow modelling the team uniforms for the Winter Games. On Tuesday they were bagged up and trashed, since the team has been banned. Any athletes that do get past the strict IOC regulations will wear uniforms of 'Olympic Athlete from Russia' (OAR). If they make the podium in any discipline the Olympic flag with the five rings will be raised and the Olympic anthem played.
At the 21st 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver the Russians did not do well at all, and it would have been unthinkable to host the Games in Sochi in 2014 and not win loads of medals. They had the largest delegation, about 230 athletes, and topped the medal table.. but were A TEAM OF CHEATS. !! A whistleblower called GROGORY RODCHENCOV was put in charge of the Moscow lab and left the country for a safe location in USA and spilled the beans. At the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro it was left to the individual sports international bodies to decide which Russians could take part. Two thirds of the original delegation did take part despite international outrage.
Mutko was Minister of Sport from 2008 until 2016 and devised a devious plan to give his athletes an unfair advantage with the help of the FSB, the former KGB, who took over the running of the Sochi lab. It is widely thought that President Vladimir Putin knew all about it. A former KGB operative in East Germany, he has just announced that he will once again stand for the most powerful office in the land in March 2018 and reign until at least 2024.
Male athletes were given a cocktail of Chivas whisky along with metenolone, trenbelone and oxandrolone. The women had these drugs dissolved in Martini vermouth. The code name for this was DUTCHESS, which is evidently a popular Russian cocktail. The FSB found a way to open the supposedly tamper-proof sample bottles without detection and substitute previously supplied urine., otherwise the athletes would have tested positive for steroids.
Two McLaren Reports accused Mutko of being the mastermind, along with his deputy YURI NACORNYKH, who has also been banned for life by the IOC. The announcements were made at IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland by chaiman Thomas Bach, a former Olympian himself. A later report by the Schmid Commission headed by a former Swiss President Samuel Schmid, provided further evidence of Russian dasterdley deeds. 'The systematic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russia, through the Disappearing Positive Methodology at Sochi.'
The Russian Olympic Committee has also be fined $15 million to pay for testing and to set up Independent Testing Authority (ITA), to build the capacity and integrity of the global antidoping system.
Of the Russian medalists at the Sochi Games, over one-third were cheats and have had their medals recalled. The clean athletes never got to climb onto the Olympic podium and the reward of years of hard work. It is hoped that a special ceremony honouring them in person in South Korea, with the resulting publicity, can be devised for February and all of them brought there, even the retired athletes. Dr. Dmitry Chernyshenko the former CEO of the Organizing Committee Sochi 2014 has also been withdrawn from the Coordination Commission, Beijing 2022. Also suspended was ROC President Alexander Zhukov as an IOC Member.
What FIFA intends to do about Mutko is unclear. Thirty sports were affected by the drug cheats, including their football team. We also have the hooligan and rascists in Russia. Yesterday in the UEFA youth cup played at Prenton Park Birkenhead, home of Tranmere Rovers, one of Liverpool's players. Rhian Brewster, the Golden Boot winner at the u17 World Cup in October, was called racist names by a Spartak Moscow player. In the away game in Moscow Nigerian born Bobby Asekanye had received similar racist remarks and chants by fans but UEFA only gave them a 'slap on the wrist' and just closed a small part of their Academy stadium. NOT ENOUGH.
On a more pleasant note England were presented with the Maurice Burlaz Trophy, for acchieving the best results in UEFA men's youth competitions over the previous two seasons. Named after the Frenchman and former vice-chairman of the UEFA Youth Committee, it was presented to Paul Simpson, England's winning FIFA u-20 World Cup manager, representing the Football Association at the UEFA HQ in Nyon, Switzerland yesterday.