What’s the point of heading all the way down to Rio de Janeiro to compete in the Olympics when you can host your own right at home?
That’s apparently the question Russia has been trying to answer since nearly a third of its athletes that qualified for the Olympics were banned in June because of doping – and it has responded in the only way it knows how.
By holding its own Olympics.
The head coach of Russia’s national team, Yuri Borzakovskiy, announced Wednesday that Russia will host its own tournament for all the athletes who were banned from competing at the Rio Olympics next month because of doping violations that resulted from a lengthy investigation conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
According to the Atlantic, Borzakovsky told state-run news outlet TASS that the tournament will feature 135 track and field athletes, including past Olympic and world champions.
From TASS, via the Atlantic:
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The track-and-field athletes who will compete in Moscow on Thursday include