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IOC Says Russia Will Compete in Rio Olympics. Opens Door For Track and Field Athletes

The International Olympic Committee decided not to ban all Russian national team’s athletes from participating 2016 Rio Olympics

Alex Christoforou



The IOC says Russian and Kenyan athletes will be evaluated individually to determine their eligibility to compete. A ban was upheld against Russian track and field, but not for the whole Russian Olympic team.

IOC President Thomas Bach said “clean” athletes are allowed to compete under the Russian flag in Rio and if the IAAF allows “special clearance” for any Russian track and field athletes, they will compete under the Russian flag, not under an Olympic or neutral one flag.

“If athletes qualified then they will compete as the members of the team of the Russian Olympic Committee because only a national Olympic committee can enter athletes to the Olympic Games… Contrary to the national federation of track and field the Russian Olympic Committee is not suspended.”

This may pave the way for various Russian track and field stars to compete in the games.

The IOC did make a statement saying it supports the ruling by the IAAF on the disqualification of Russian athletes on doping charges so as to not completely throw the IAAF under the bus. Bach said…

“The Summit confirmed the respect and the approval and the support for the decision having been taken by IAAF last Friday.”

No doubt the IOC’s decisions is a little bit of justice and sanity in what si fast becoming an insanely politicized sporting world. Yes I know some Russian athletes were caught doping…but so were these athletes from their respective countries, but you did not see the IOC almost ban the entire country, or the IAAF ban the entire Track and Field team.

This is a list of Olympic medals stripped by the IOC, the governing body of the Olympics (via Wikipedia):

Olympics Athlete Country Medal Event
1968 Summer Olympics Pentathlon team (Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall)  Sweden Bronze Modern pentathlon team
1972 Summer Olympics Bakhaavaa Buidaa  Mongolia Silver Judo, lightweight
Jaime Huelamo  Spain Bronze Cycling, individual road race
Cycling team (Aad van den Hoek)  Netherlands Bronze Cycling, team time trial
Rick DeMont (See below)  United States Gold Swimming, Men’s 400 m freestyle
1976 Summer Olympics Blagoy Blagoev  Bulgaria Silver Weightlifting, Men’s 82.5 kg
Zbigniew Kaczmarek  Poland Gold Weightlifting, Men’s 67.5 kg
Valentin Khristov  Bulgaria Gold Weightlifting, Men’s 100 kg
1984 Summer Olympics Tomas Johansson  Sweden Silver Wrestling, Greco-Roman super-heavyweight
Martti Vainio  Finland Silver Athletics, Men’s 10,000 m
1988 Summer Olympics Mitko Grablev  Bulgaria Gold Weightlifting, Men’s 56 kg
Angell Guenchev  Bulgaria Gold Weightlifting, Men’s 67.5 kg
Ben Johnson  Canada Gold Athletics, Men’s 100 m
Andor Szanyi  Hungary Gold Weightlifting, Men’s 100 kg
1992 Summer Olympics Ibragim Samadov  Unified Team Bronze Weightlifting, Men’s light-heavyweight
2000 Summer Olympics Ashot Danielyan  Armenia Bronze Weightlifting, Men’s 105 kg
Izabela Dragneva  Bulgaria Gold Weightlifting, Women’s 48 kg
Ivan Ivanov  Bulgaria Silver Weightlifting, Men’s 56 kg
Marion Jones  United States Gold Athletics, Women’s 100 m
Marion Jones  United States Gold Athletics, Women’s 200 m
Marion Jones  United States Gold Athletics, Women’s 4 × 400 m relay
Marion Jones  United States Bronze Athletics, Women’s long jump
Marion Jones  United States Bronze Athletics, Women’s 4 × 100 m relay
Alexander Leipold  Germany Gold Wrestling, Men’s 76 kg
Sevdalin Minchev  Bulgaria Bronze Weightlifting, Men’s 62 kg
Andreea Răducan  Romania Gold Gymnastics, Women’s individual all-round
Relay team (Antonio Pettigrew and Jerome Young)  United States Gold Athletics, Men’s 4 × 400 m relay
Gymnastic team (Dong Fangxiao)  China Bronze Gymnastics – Women’s artistic team all-around
Lance Armstrong  United States Bronze Cycling – Men’s road time trial
2002 Winter Olympics Alain Baxter  United Kingdom Bronze Alpine Skiing, Men’s giant slalom
Olga Danilova  Russia Gold Cross-Country Skiing, Women’s 5km + 5km combined pursuit
Olga Danilova  Russia Silver Cross-Country Skiing, Women’s 10 km
Larisa Lazutina  Russia Gold Cross-Country Skiing, Women’s 30 km
Larisa Lazutina  Russia Silver Cross-Country Skiing, Women’s 15 km
Larisa Lazutina  Russia Silver Cross-Country Skiing, Women’s 5 km + 5 km combined pursuit
Johann Muehlegg  Spain Gold Cross-Country Skiing, Men’s 50 km
Johann Muehlegg  Spain Gold Cross-Country Skiing, Men’s 30 km freestyle
Johann Muehlegg  Spain Gold Cross-Country Skiing, Men’s 10 km + 10 km combined pursuit
2004 Summer Olympics Adrián Annus  Hungary Gold Athletics, Men’s hammer throw
Yuriy Bilonog  Ukraine Gold Athletics, Men’s shot put
Crystal Cox  United States Gold Athletics, Women’s 4 × 400 m relay
Róbert Fazekas  Hungary Gold Athletics, Men’s discus throw
Ferenc Gyurkovics  Hungary Silver Weightlifting, Men’s 105 kg
Tyler Hamilton  United States Gold Cycling, Men’s road time trial
Irina Korzhanenko  Russia Gold Athletics, Women’s shot put
Svetlana Krivelyova  Russia Bronze Athletics, Women’s shot put
Cian O’Connor  Ireland Gold Equestrian, show jumping
Oleg Perepetchenov  Russia Bronze Weightlifting, Men’s 77 kg
Leonidas Sampanis  Greece Bronze Weightlifting, Men’s 62 kg
Equestrian team (Ludger Beerbaum)  Germany Gold Equestrian, team show jumping
Rowing team (Olena Olefirenko)  Ukraine Bronze Rowing, Women’s quadruple sculls
Ivan Tsikhan  Belarus Silver Athletics, Men’s hammer throw
Irina Yatchenko  Belarus Bronze Athletics, Women’s discus throw
2006 Winter Olympics Olga Pyleva  Russia Silver Biathlon, Women’s individual
2008 Summer Olympics Ara Abrahamian  Sweden Bronze Wrestling, Greco-Roman 84 kg
Jong Su Kim  North Korea Bronze Shooting, Men’s 10 m air pistol
Jong Su Kim  North Korea Silver Shooting, Men’s 50 m air pistol
Lyudmyla Blonska  Ukraine Silver Athletics, Women’s heptathlon
Equestrian team (Tony André Hansen)  Norway Bronze Equestrian, team show jumping
Rashid Ramzi  Bahrain Gold Athletics, Men’s 1500 m
Davide Rebellin  Italy Silver Cycling, Men’s road race
Andrei Mikhnevich  Belarus Bronze Athletics, Men’s Shot Put
2012 Summer Olympics Nadzeya Ostapchuk  Belarus Gold Athletics, Women’s shot put
Darya Pishchalnikova  Russia Silver Athletics, Women’s discus throw
Soslan Tigiev  Uzbekistan Bronze Wrestling, Men’s freestyle 74 kg
Tyson Gay  United States Silver Athletics, Men’s 4×100 metres relay
Asli Cakir Alptekin  Turkey Gold Athletics, Women’s 1500 m

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Peace on Korean Peninsula within reach, if only Trump can remove Pompeo & Bolton (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 152.

Alex Christoforou



RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou discuss the results of the Putin-Kim summit in Vladivostok, Russia, aimed at boosting bilateral ties between the two neighboring countries, as well as working to contribute to a final peace settlement on the Korean peninsula.

Putin’s meeting with Kim may prove to be a pivotal diplomatic moment, as North Korea continues to work towards normalizing ties with the U.S. amidst ongoing denuclearization talks with the Trump White House.

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Via the BBC…

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un needs international security guarantees if he is to end his nuclear programme.

Such guarantees would need to be offered within a multinational framework, he added, following talks near Vladivostok in Russia’s far east.

Mr Kim praised the summit as a “very meaningful one-on-one exchange”.

Mr Putin said North Korea’s leader was “fairly open” and had “talked freely on all issues that were on the agenda”.

The meeting followed the breakdown of talks between the US and North Korea in February, when Mr Kim met US President Donald Trump in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.

Those talks reportedly stalled over North Korea’s demand for full economic sanctions relief in return for some denuclearisation commitments – a deal the US was not willing to make.

Speaking after the talks on Thursday, Mr Putin said he wanted to see full denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula.

But he said this could only be achieved through respect for international law.

“We need to restore the power of international law, to return to a state where international law, not the law of the strongest, determines the situation in the world,” he said.

Mr Kim greeted Russian officials warmly when he arrived in Russia on Wednesday.

The North Korean leader was entertained by a brass band in Vladivostok before he got inside a car flanked by bodyguards, who – in now familiar scenes – jogged alongside the vehicle as it departed.

What do we know about the summit?

According to the Russian presidential spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin believes the six-party talks on North Korea, which are currently stalled, are the only efficient way of addressing the issue of nuclear weapons on the peninsula.

Those talks, which began in 2003, involve the two Koreas as well as China, Japan, Russia and the US.

“There are no other efficient international mechanisms at the moment,” Mr Peskov told reporters on Wednesday.

“But, on the other hand, efforts are being made by other countries. Here all efforts merit support as long as they really aim at de-nuclearisation and resolving the problem of the two Koreas.”

What do both sides want?

This visit is being widely viewed as an opportunity for North Korea to show it has powerful allies following the breakdown of the talks with the US in February.

The country has blamed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for the collapse of the Hanoi summit. Earlier this month North Korea demanded that Mr Pompeo be removed from nuclear talks, accusing him of “talking nonsense” and asking for someone “more careful” to replace him.

The summit is also an opportunity for Pyongyang to show that its economic future does not depend solely on the US. Mr Kim may try to put pressure on Moscow to ease sanctions.

Analysts say the summit is an opportunity for Russia to show that it is an important player on the Korean peninsula.

President Putin has been eager to meet the North Korean leader for quite some time. Yet amid the two Trump-Kim summits, the Kremlin has been somewhat sidelined.

Russia, like the US and China, is uncomfortable with North Korea being a nuclear state.

How close are Russia and North Korea?

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union (of which Russia is the main successor state) maintained close military and trade links with its communist ally, North Korea, for ideological and strategic reasons.

After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, trade links with post-communist Russia shrank and North Korea leaned towards China as its main ally.

Under President Putin, Russia recovered economically and in 2014 he wrote off most of North Korea’s Soviet-era debt in a major goodwill gesture.

While it is arguable how much leverage Russia has with the North today, the communist state still regards it as one of the least hostile foreign powers.

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Putin meets Kim for the first time (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 151.

Alex Christoforou



The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a look at the historic meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the city of Vladivostok in the Russian Far East.

The meeting marks the first ever summit between the two leaders.

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Via RT…

Leaders of Russia and North Korea sat down for a historic summit in Vladivostok, expressing hope it will revive the peace process in the Korean Peninsula and talks on normalizing relations with the US.

The summit on Russky Island, just off Vladivostok, started a little late because President Vladimir Putin’s flight was delayed. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had made the trip by train, arriving on Wednesday.

In brief public remarks before the talks, the two leaders expressed hope the summit will help move forward the reconciliation process in the Korean Peninsula. Putin welcomed Kim’s contributions to “normalizing relations” with the US and opening a dialogue with South Korea.

Kim said he hoped the Vladivostok summit would be a “milestone” in the talks about denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, but also build upon “traditionally friendly ties” between Russia and North Korea.

The North Korean leader also made a point of thanking Putin for flying all the way to Vladivostok for the meeting. The Far East Russian city is only 129 kilometers from the border with North Korea.

The historic summit takes place less than two months after Kim’s second summit with US President Donald Trump in Hanoi fell apart without a breakthrough on denuclearization. The US rejected North Korea’s request for partial sanctions relief in return for moves to dismantle nuclear and missile programs; Washington insists on full disarmament before any sanctions are removed.

Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is the main subject of the Kim-Putin summit, but there will also be talks about bilateral relations, trade, and humanitarian aid. The first one-on-one meeting is scheduled to last about an hour, followed by further consultations involving other government officials.

Following the summit, Putin is scheduled to visit China.


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Kim And Putin: Changing The State Of The Board In Korea

The future of Korea could be decided by these two men today.




Authored by Tom Luongo:

Today is a big day for Korea. The first face-to-face summit of Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un takes place.

At the same time the 2nd annual Belt and Road Forum kicks off in Beijing.

This meeting between Putin and Kim has been in the works for a while but rumors of it only surfaced last week. But don’t let the idea that this was put together at the last minute fool you.

It wasn’t.

The future of Korea could be decided by these two men today.

I know that sounds bold. But hear me out.

And while no one seems to think this meeting is important or that anything of substance will come from it I do. It is exactly the kind of surprise that Putin loves to spring on the world without notice and by doing so change the board state of geopolitics.

  • Russia’s entrance into Syria in 2015, two days after Putin’s historic speech at the U.N. General Assembly
  • 2018’s State of the Union address where he announced hypersonic missiles, embarrassing the U.S. Militiary-Industrial Complex which accelerated the Bolton Doctrine of subjugating the world
  • Flying 2 TU-160 nuclear-armed bombers to Venezuela, creating panic in D.C. leading to the ham-fisted regime change operations there.
  • Nationalization of Yukos.
  • The operation to secure Crimea from U.S. invasion by marines aboard the U.S.S Donald Cook during the Ukrainian uprising against Viktor Yanukovich.

Both Putin and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping are angry at the breakdown of the talks in Hanoi back in February. It was clear that everyone expected that meeting to be a rubber stamp on a deal already agreed to by all parties involved.

In fact the two meetings between Kim and Trump were only possible because Trump convinced them of his sincerity to resolve the ‘denuclearization’ of North Korea which would clear a path to rapid reunification.

It’s why they went along with the U.S.’s increased sanctions on North Korea as administered through the U.N. in 2017.

That John Bolton and Mike Pompeo destroyed those talks and Trump was unwilling or unable (who cares at this point, frankly, useless piece of crap that he is) to stop them embarrassed and betrayed them.

They are now done with Trump.

He’ll get nothing from either of them or Kim until Trump can prove he’s in charge of his administration, which he, clearly, is not.

And they will be moving forward with their own agenda for security and Asian economic integration. So I don’t think the timing of this meeting with that of the Belt and Road Forum is an accident.

And that means moving forward on solving the Korea problem without Trump.

It is clear from the rhetoric of Putin’s top diplomat, the irreplaceable Sergei Lavrov, that Russia’s patience is over. They are no longer interested in what Trump wants and they will now treat the U.S. as a threat, having upped their military stance towards the U.S. to that of “Threat.”

If Bolton wants anything from Russia at this point he best be prepared to start a war or piss off.

This is also why Russia took the gloves off with Ukraine in the run up to the Presidential elections, cutting off energy and machinery exports with Ukraine.

To put paid Putin’s growing impatience with U.S. policies, he just issued the order to allow residents of Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics to apply for Russian passports.

This will send Bolton into apoplexy. Angela Merkel of Germany will be none too pleased either. Putin is now playing hardball after years of unfailing politeness.

It’s also why Lavrov finalized arms and port deals all over the Middle East in recent weeks, including those with Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and India.

Bolton, Pompeo and Pence are ideologues. Trump is a typical Baby Boomer, who lives in a bubble of his own design and believes in an America that never existed.

None of them truly understand the fires they are stoking and simply believe in the Manifest Destiny of the U.S. to rule the world over a dim and barbaric world.

Putin, Xi, Rouhani in Iran and Kim in North Korea are pragmatic men. They understand the realities they live in. This is why I see Putin willing tomorrow to sit down with Kim and flaunt the U.N. sanctions and begin the investment process into North Korea that should have begun last year.

Putin would not be making these moves if he didn’t feel that Bolton was all bark and no bite when it came to actual war with Russia. He also knows that Germany needs him more than he needs Germany so despite the feet-dragging and rhetoric Nordstream 2 will go forward.

Trade is expanding between them despite the continued sanctions.

Putin may be willing to cut a deal with President-elect Zelensky on gas transit later in the year but only if the shelling of the LPR and DPR stops and he guarantees no more incidents in the Sea of Azov. This would also mollify Merkel a bit and make it easier for her politically to get Nordstream 2 over the finish line.

There are moments in history when people go too far. Bolton and Pompeo went too far in Hanoi. He will pay the price now. Putin and Kim will likely agree to something in Vladivostok that no one is expecting and won’t look like much at first.

But the reality is this summit itself marks a turning point in this story that will end with the U.S. being, in Trump’s transactional parlance, a “price taker” since it has so thoroughly failed at being a “price maker.”

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