Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Little Green Athletes

Russia will have to send "little green athletes" without national insignia to the 2018 Olympics in South Korea because the International Olympics Committee has banned Russia from sending a national team due to widespread state-sponsored doping and cheating:

The International Olympic Committee has banned Russia from competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, following a vote on Tuesday.

However, it allows for individual Russian athletes "under strict conditions" to compete as an "Olympic Athlete from Russia [OAR]" without their national flag or anthem, according to a release from the IOC.

Russia may simply boycott the games rather than endure the humiliation of being caught in their massive cheating.

I'm not joking when I say Russia could respond by giving North Korea military aid for air defenses. I don't think the Russian rulers are quite vodka-addled enough to accelerate North Korea's nuclear problem. But who knows?