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Should Russia Have Been Banned from the 2016 Olympics?

A Partial Russian Olympic Ban Not Enough

A Partial Russian Olympic Ban was Enough

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Olympic officials should have banned the entire Russian team from the 2016 Olympics. As more details come out about the large-scale, state-sponsored 2014 Olympic athletics doping scheme, the clearer it becomes that all of Russia's athletes could have posed a serious risk to the recent Olympics games, writes Juliet Macur in the New York Times. A total ban would have been justified, especially as non-Russian athletes, who lost in 2014 to those Russians who had been doping, felt cheated.

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The International Olympic Committee was right in not banning the entire Russian team from participating in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Despite the participation of Russian state institutions in the previous and large-scale doping scandal, not all Russian athletes were involced.  Mary Dejevsky writes in the Independent that blaiming clean, innocent athletes for others' actions would not be fair, especially as the Olympics are about individual performance and as much as - if not more than - national performance.

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