As reported, on 5 December, the international Olympic Committee decided to suspend the Russian team from participation in the winter Olympic games 2018 in South Korea's Pyeongchang due to a doping scandal. Some Russian athletes who are not involved in the anti-doping rule violations will be able to play the Games under a neutral flag, if they allow the IOC.

The head of the IOC Thomas Bach at the German TV channel ARD has expressed hope that is not tainted with accusations of use of illicit drugs by Russian athletes will arrive in Pyeongchang will become a "bridge to a clean future of sport in Russia".

"Good day for sports"

The news of the suspension of the Russian team from the Games in Pyeongchang on the front pages of major German publications. The evening news on ARD and ZDF also open the message on the verdict of the IOC Executive Board.

On ARD the removal of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) said the journalist, Hyo Seppelt whose documentary films and began exposing the system of doping in Russia. He was not very happy with the IOC decision, calling it "consistent enough" and "half-hearted", according to Deutsche Welle.

In the broadcast of ARD and ZDF were made by the head of the German Olympic sports Federation (DSB) Alphonse Herman. He said "good day for world sport" and called the verdict of the IOC as a "weighted".

"On the one hand, draconian measures against the organizers of the system (doping) in Russian politics and development. On the other, the individual rights of clean athletes," explained Herman.

The National anti-doping Agency Germany (NADA) is also satisfied with the punishment for the Russian team. "This decision represents a watershed, the IOC clearly voted for fair-play and tolerance for doping," said NADA President Andrea Gotsman.

"The IOC stopped halfway"

Observers of the German editions were more or less remain skeptical. So, Spiegel Online columnist Peter Arens wrote that, issuing its verdict, the IOC stopped "half way". "This decision, critics of Russia, went partly towards, showed how the IOC shocked by the scale of the deception, but at the same time, the back door left to open the Putin regime," says Ahrens.

Journalist Spiegel Online convinced that it was necessary to completely disqualify Russian athletes from the next Olympics. "Widespread doping and deserves a comprehensive response. Such a reaction would affect innocent athletes, it is true, and for these athletes it would be bitter. But then sanctions only hurt when they are tangible," he says.

Explorer Süddeutsche Zeitung Thomas Kistner also believes that the total exclusion of Russians from the Games in Pyeongchang would be a more appropriate punishment. The decision of the IOC, he sees "an attempt to meet Vladimir Putin".

"What is all this? The Russian team from the 11th place in the medal standings after the Olympics in Vancouver in 2010, jumped to 1st place in Sochi, delivery of properties to the Kremlin, has invested $ 50 billion in the Sochi Chimera," — says the author of the publication. The Sochi Olympics was "the biggest sports Scam of modern times." And for that Russia had to pay a full ban on participation in the following Games," notes Kastner in his article.

However, the IOC, according to German journalists, for some reason, decided to leave "the bridge for Putin", balancing a full ban on participation in Games of Russian athletes and preserving at least some confidence in the Olympic movement.

"Maybe the responsible persons in Moscow would prefer to continue to tell their compatriots about the global conspiracy, instead of recognize a huge Scam. They may not pass over the bridge, which was erected by the IOC. But it doesn't change the fact that this bridge was never supposed to be, if the purity of the competition is really the main value of the IOC," said Kistner.

"This is a lovely, well-deserved punishment for Putin"

According to Christine Brennan of the American edition USA Today participation in Games of Russian athletes without the national forms, flag and anthem will hurt Russia's image.

"What is going to be a visual demonstration! What a shame for Russia, for each official, which contributed to depriving the athletes of other countries who played by the rules, they deserve medals in Sochi, Rio and London," says the USA Today reporter whose commentary is quoted by InoPressa.ru.

But first and foremost is "wonderful," punishment for Vladimir Putin, said Brennan. "Putin may have thought that the 51 billion dollars spent on the Olympics in Sochi, guarantees him a lifetime of favors from the IOC. Putin was wrong. IOC with dignity opposed and resisted him. I've covered the Olympic games since 1984 and I never thought that I'd see it," she writes.

According to Neal MacFarquhar of The New York Times, Russia suspended from the winter Olympics, is facing "the greatest sporting crisis since the Soviet times".

As noted by American journalist, Putin, like the Soviet Union's leadership, invested in the Olympics as a means to strengthen Russia's international reputation and his own political position. Now all I wonder how this new scandal will affect the internal ranking of this policy.

"Russian sport no more corrupt than the Olympics"

"Of course, the Russian sport is corrupt. But not more than the Olympic games" — under such heading the newspaper the Guardian publishes an article by a well-known British journalist Simon Jenkins.

The main conclusion of the article the author makes in the subtitle: "the Whole Olympic project requires review. Remove all the flags, let the athletes compete as citizens of the world," reports Russian service Bi-bi-si.

"I in a sense feel sorry for Vladimir Putin, writes Jenkins. For years he flirted with the IOC, the IOC, of course, knew (and knew long ago) that the Russian athletes, like many others, the eyeballs pumped doping. He turned a blind eye to all the leaks and all the media reports on the subject, even when back in 2010 he and his ridiculous "anti-doping" the Agency gave direct evidence Vitaly Stepanov and Yulia. IOC not lift a finger, so God forbid not to disturb the tangle of deceit and corruption that was the winter Olympic games in Sochi in 2014".

Russia was a country to the IOC, the author of the article in the Guardian. "Chauvinism in her was more important than money, and money is more important than sport. She spared neither money nor drugs. When in 2014, in desperation, Stepanova transferred materials, which the IOC did not respond to the media, the bubble finally burst. The IOC has even admitted that he was wrong, though he showed his true essence, allowing to take part in the Games in Rio in 2016 other Russian athletes, but removing Games from Yulia Stepanova. So international sports comes from those who refuse to play by his rules".

"On Putin's place I would have asked Bach: how is it three years ago, I was clean and now suddenly in deep mud? writes Jenkins". — And other countries, about the doping which the IOC is well aware? If the answer is that in Russia, the doping was "state-sanctioned", I said, "yeah, tell..."the Truth is that this week the IOC was subjected to exposing no less than Russia".

"The reality of doping is that it is based on a huge amount of money. A fine of 15 million dollars, imposed by the IOC on Russia — is sheer nonsense. I am sure that not a dime of those 12 million will not get to Rodchenkova or Stepanova, who is now in hiding, fearing for their lives.

The IOC considered it necessary to disqualify the life of the Russian Minister of sport Vitaly Mutko, but strangely did not take any measures against his Kremlin boss. Nobody talks about boycotting the world Cup in Russia, which is headed by the same Mutko. This is despite the fact that FIFA gave the Cup of Russia despite a lot of unanswered dark questions about both Russia and Qatar, received the next championship in 2022," says Jenkins, noting that, according to independent reports, doping in Russia covered about 30 sports.

The author at Guardian believes that athletes from "guilty" countries should act not as representatives of their countries and as individuals: "This should put an end to militant chauvinism, which began with Hitler at the Games in Berlin in 1936, and athletes should act as citizens of the world".

Jenkins offers a number of radical proposals: "the Game also needs to stop being the tourist club of the rich and always be in the same place — perhaps in Greece, where they originated. Television has delivered us from the need to roam the planet, depleting resources of one city after another, leaving them with the dubious "legacy" in the form of nobody wants a huge and expensive structures".

Financial Times in its editorial, drew attention to nesportivnaya the consequences of the decision of the IOC. According to the newspaper, no matter how justified the Olympic ban, the decision of the IOC can only strengthen the position of the President of Russia inside the country.

FT believes that Putin can use it in his campaign as more proof that Russia is surrounded by enemies, but a powerful and poisonous Russian state media will duplicate this thesis. Many ordinary Russians will think that the ban on Russian athletes performance at the Olympics — the result of a vile conspiracy, and not the blatant wrong actions Russian officials. For the Western community, which has no desire to impose to Putin, or to avert from himself the Russians, this situation creates a dilemma.

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