For the casual watcher of the Winter Olympics, you might’ve notice a country called “OAR” with the world’s most boring flag. For the rest of us, we know that’s the 169 “Olympic Athletes Of Russia.” You know, ones who didn’t cheat? To review, Russia’s “systematic doping” in the last two Olympics, caused their official country athletes to be banned from competing. However, a side-door was provided if the athletes could prove they were clean – which is what we’re seeing today.
Either way, Russia’s whining that this is all “political” and says there’s nothing to the (proven) accusations doping in the Sochi and Rio Olympics. So, they’re taking matters into their own hands. It’s been reported that Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree that’ll allow Russia to hold their own “alternative games.”
In other words, the country will hold their own games for the “banned” athletes to give them a chance to stay in the competitive spirit. The awards will be similar to those given in the “real” Olympics, but with not quite the same amount of prestige or gripping Katie Couric commentary. Look for these games to fire-up soon after the Pyeongchang Games wrap.