Well, that was quick.
In the week since the blanket ban on Russia’s track and field team was upheld, the Russian Track and Field Federation organized and held its own Olympics in northeast Moscow for 137 athletes.
The “Stars 2016” tournament included 68 banned Olympians, featuring considerably fewer stars than will be present at the upcoming Rio Games. The event was described by many as more akin to a high school meet.
Many of the athletes used it as a chance to send a message, wearing bibs that read “I jump clean,” or other variations like “I run clean” and “I throw clean,” the New York Times reported.
Descriptions were varied in assessing the mood of the day. Many Russian officials denied that it was hastilyRead More »from Banned Russian Olympians host their own tournament with little fanfare