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Sports and Statecraft – PVV Ep. 59

Sports and Statecraft – PVV Ep. 59


Hi, I’m Brian Whitmore, director of the Russia
Program here at CEPA, and this is a Vertical Video. Sports, as they say, is often a metaphor for
life. And there are times when it should be a good
metaphor for politics. Like now, for instance. A panel from the World Anti-Doping Agency
recommended last week that Russia face a four-year ban from global sports and and that its athletes
compete under a neutral flag at next year’s Tokyo Olympics. Moreover, a committee from the World Anti-Doping
Agency has recommended that Russia’s Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) be stripped of its status. The reason. Well, Russia broke the rules. And it appears that at least in sports, the
rules still do matter. The latest sanctions resulted from the discovery
that Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory’s database, which Russia’ Sports Ministry handed over
in January as part of the punishment for a previous doping scandal, has been found to
have been altered. Now contrast that to politics and international
affairs, where Russia has broken the rules as well. It’s invaded its neighbors, Ukraine and Georgia;
occupied or annexed their territory; kidnapped their citizens; and caused thousands of deaths. It has carried out cyber attacks across Europe
and North America, interfered in Western elections, deployed hit men and death squads to commit
assassinations across Europe, and has used everything from money laundering to offshore
shell companies to corrode Western financial institutions. But nevertheless, they still have access to
Western financial institutions, Western technology, and Western markets. The president of France, Emmanuel Macron says
we shouldn’t consider the Kremlin an enemy. The British opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn,
has called for a softer approach and a rapprochement between NATO and Moscow. Apparently, unlike in sports, the rules don’t
matter. Or at least that’s the message that is being
sent. Perhaps it is time to take a lesson from the
World Anti-Doping Agency. Keep telling us what you think on Twitter
and on Facebook. I’m Brian Whitmore and this was a Vertical
Video.

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  1. I'm very surprised that huilo did not manage to buy or intimidate international anti-doping agency.

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