The Christian Science Monitor

Russia's doping plot: Symptom of a deeper Olympic malaise?

Russia has been given the ultimate Olympic red card, forced to sit out the 2018 Winter Games. The humiliating punishment comes just four years after their athletes won more medals than any other country in Sochi – a feat aided by systematic Russian doping and manipulation of drug-testing samples.

The fact that the lumbering International Olympic Committee finally decided to take action has been hailed in the West as a gutsy if overdue move, and a coming-of-age moment for the global anti-doping movement.

Russians, however, see it as part of the West’s longstanding war on their culture, history, and

Resolving RussiaA bigger problem?

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor5 min read
Does Hungary Education Reform Mean More Patriotism, But Less Democracy?
Viktor Orbán’s education reform is making Hungary’s curriculum more patriotic, but critics say it’s at the expense of critical thinking and democracy.
The Christian Science Monitor2 min read
Trudeau’s Ultimate Test In Making Apologies
After apologizing often for official misdeeds of past governments, the prime minister faces voters over a racist-tinged misdeed and their judgment on his contrition.
The Christian Science Monitor5 min read
Immigrant Groups Sought Relief From Trump In Court. It Isn’t Working.
Last week, the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration’s new restrictive rule on asylum-seekers to stand while the legal battle plays out.