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Eurovision: Russia Banned From Competing At 2022 Song Contest

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

These are the first two paragraphs.

Russia will no longer be allowed to participate in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, the European Broadcasting Union has said.

The EBU, which produces the event, said Russia’s inclusion could bring the competition into disrepute “in light of the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine”.

It’s going from Vlad to verse.

Winning the Eurovision Song Contest is not easy for Russia, as although they can rig the votes, doping doesn’t help singers and musicians to perform better.

February 25, 2022 Posted by | World | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Doping Bans For 12 Russian Athletes Including 2012 Olympic Champion Ivan Ukhov

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

This is the first two paragraphs.

London 2012 Olympic high jump champion Ivan Ukhov is among 12 Russian track and field athletes banned for doping by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Three years of Ukhov’s results, including the 2012 Olympics, have been disqualified, meaning Britain’s Robert Grabarz could be upgraded to silver.

I grew up in the 1960s, where Russian and East German athletes used every trick in the book to win.

Many clean athletes like the incomparable Kathy Cook, never won the medals they deserved, competing against athletes cheating like mad.

Let’s hope the Russians aren’t returning to the bad old days.

 

 

 

February 2, 2019 Posted by | Sport | , , | Leave a comment

The Tragic Fallout Of Doping Cheats

After the mega-cheat, Lance Armstrong’s theatrical performance, last night, Nicole Cooke this morning made an impassioned plea for the victims of  those, like the drug-fuelled Texan. She said, that she had lost medals because others cheated by doping when competing against her.

I remember the 1960s, when athletics was ruined by the Soviet Block, who took everything that a chemist could devise. Look at the career of our greatest-ever female sprinter; Kathy Smallwood-Cook, who  would be in a totally different league, if competition had been fair and square. It has always puzzled me, how Mary Peters ever won that pentathlon gold in the 1972 Munich Olympics.  If you look at the women’s athletics results at that games, few medallists are not from the Soviet Block. There are a few West German medals, but then they had home advantage and London 2012 showed how that helps drammatically. I do remember watching that pentathlon, with C on a terrible black and white television,  when Mary Peters, was almost willed over the high jump bar by masses of British troops based in Germany, who somehow had got tickets.

Where would the careers of some retired clean athletes be, if they had competed fair and square?

Cheats like Armstrong have a lot to answer for! He should be prosecuted for fraud and perhaps asked to spend some time in a nice cosy Texas jail.

January 18, 2013 Posted by | News, Sport | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment