President Vladimir Putin this week blasted the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for completely banning Russia’s Paralympic team competing in Rio next month, saying the decision was “cynical and immoral”.
The Russian strongman’s comments came after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the IPC’s ban on all Russian competitors.
The IPC made the decision after a report surfaced detailing a Russian state-sponsored doping programme. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev weighed in, calling the decision “a blow to all people with disabilities, not just Russians”.
Instead of apportioning blame, Putin and Medvedev should take personal responsibility for wholesale cheating, sponsored by their own administration, that barred their athletes from competing on a global stage.
It is Moscow, and not international sport bodies, that betrayed Russian athletes.