#OlympicProblems and upcoming events
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Those of you who have seen my personal Facebook page know how ambivalent I am about the Olympics. I love watching the Games (watching gymnastics now) but my heart bleeds for those athletes that will be competing next to dopers since WADA is toothless, and how many clean athletes will go home angry and disillusioned after losing to cheaters then forced into indignant silence since the Olympic Committee has made it perfectly clear that whistleblowers will not be thanked. If you haven't seen the 60 Minutes interview with Alysia Montano, you should. Most of all, I am angry at how many athletes cannot publicly acknowledge much less thank the companies that have supported them in making their Olympic dreams possible without worrying about being stripped of their medals. Get the irony? Dope if you want a medal, but don't you dare thank your sponsor if you want to keep that medal. These athletes deserve better, most live beneath the poverty line for the sake of the sport, and the development pipeline is way too narrow for the good of the country. We need as many companies as possible supporting our athletes, and in turn our country, as possible and Rule 40 makes things unnecessarily complicated. If you aren't familiar with Rule 40, this is a great explanation.
"Yeah, I know the Games have problems but I just wanna support the athletes."
So do I. I support every single athlete out there so much my heart aches, which makes it impossible for me to pretend none of this is happening. It's easier to block out all the ugly when I watch sports like cycling, gymnastics and diving since I know so little about the development pipelines there. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle. #OlympicproblemsIn5words #freebird16 #wadasucks #letyuliarun #rule40 #teamvolee #cleanGames If you're already as disillusioned and cynical as I am, this might make you feel better.
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