While World Athletics president Sebastian Coe sides with democratic nations, the IOC President Thomas Bach rejects their statements on Russia's war of aggression as uninformed and a violation of sport’s autonomy.
The IOC and the Olympic federations are obliged to punish Russia and its warmonger, Vladimir Putin. Jens Weinreich calls for a comprehensive independent criminal investigation of the longstanding deep connection of the Olympic institutions with the Kremlin within the framework of the EU.
For decades there has been speculation about information and possibly incriminating material on IOC members and other big names that might be stored in Moscow's secret service archives. If anyone had access to compromat, it was Vladimir Putin. The spying activities span half a century.
The most important investigative Olympic journalist has died in the year of the sporting rogue states, with mega events in China and Qatar, with propaganda on a gigantic scale. We honor the legacy of Andrew Jennings by not letting 2022 go unchallenged.
Under the guise of COVID, a thousand things are tightened up and arbitrarily adapted in China, just as it suits the state and party leader Xi Jinping, holder of the Olympic Order, and his IOC business partners. Of course, freedom of the press is not guaranteed there.