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IOC details Russia stance for Olympics, cites human rights

  • The IOC stepped up efforts Thursday to explain its position on trying to help Russian athletes qualify for next year's Paris Olympics amid a backlash from Ukraine and its allies. The International Olympic Committee's move last week to map a pathway to Paris for athletes from Russia and Belarus who have not actively supported the war provoked strong objections from Ukraine, which wants to see those countries remain banned from most international sports. Publishing a series of explanations and rebuttals to its critics Thursday, the the Olympic body also responded to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s invitation for his IOC counterpart Thomas Bach to return and see the ruined city of Bakhmut.

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Olympics: The worst cheaters in the history of the Games

The three values of Olympism are excellence, friendship and respect. However, over the years it’s clear that some competitors may have missed the memo. Whether it is improbably heavy shoes during the tug of war; athletes pretending to be someone else; or concealed buttons here are some of the most sublime and ridiculous examples of breaking the rules
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