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At anxious times such as these, I, as a longtime loyal supporter of the International Olympic Committee, ask myself a crucial question: What would Lord Killanin do. These are fraught days for the Olympic movement. The Russian doping crisis is causing chaos, and IOC members are clawing at each other like rare albino kittens. No one knows how many Russians will be approved to compete, and IOC President Thomas Bach says it’s not the IOC’s fault and blames the World Anti-Doping Agency. This conveniently overlooks the fact that WADA is run by the IOC’s own vice president, Craig Reedie, who called for a blanket ban of the Russians, even though he knew it would make Vlady furious. The rest of the IOC is caught in between this clash of the titans: Reedie was a terror at badminton and Bach at the foil, and you don’t want to get in the middle of that. I must ask Willi and Claudia what they think. I for one think a sub rosa meeting of the ex parte-executive panel might have been called for. [ As Olympics prepare to begin, athletes wonder: Is my opponent doping. The only thing anyone can agree upon is that any shortcomings can be cured with a cash infusion. Which I heartily agree is always the soundest IOC policy. Asked how WADA might do better, Reedie smartly replied, “As far as money goes, it’s hard to say how much would be enough. The Princess says the main thing is to avoid any further public embarrassment by the Russians, who haven’t played fair, but as the Baron says, “When do they ever. ” The sheik and the grand duke quite agree, especially after Vladimir Komoyedov, the head of the Russian State Duma’s Committee on Defense, said, “WADA looks like a bunch of swindlers playing cards. Even some IOC members have made unfortunate public comments, such as Argentinian IOC member Gerardo Werthein, who accused WADA of being “more interested in self-promotion and publicity. ” That wasn’t fair play either, but Reedie parried it expertly. He replied that he found the remark “personally offensive” and received an assurance that Werthein “wasn’t speaking about me. ” Which should come as a relief to all. Since then, the IOC and WADA have been more civil, and in the past day they seem to have found a mutual strategy. Reedie: Tight spot for me, Tommy. Bach: Yes, I know, but Vladimir is getting irked. Reedie: The vintage or the. Source: www.washingtonpost.com
RIO DE JANEIRO — At anxious times such as these, I, as a longtime loyal supporter of the International Olympic Committee, ask myself a crucial question: What would Lord Killanin do? These are fraught days for the Olympic movement. The Russian doping
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