For the past year, Jan Jensen from the Danish daily Ekstra Bladet and I have tried to figure out how far back systematised and state-controlled doping in Russia has been going on. What we found is quite disturbing.
Once again, suggestions of the IOC as a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize have been aired. From PyeongChang, journalist and IOC expert Jens Weinreich looks into the possible considerations and strategical maneuvers behind the idea.
Russia utilizes sport to project soft power and construct a positive image in the eyes of former Soviet states. Joseph Taylor describes how the Kremlin is using hockey to “score points” in Eastern Europe.
By Freelance journalist Asger Røjle Christensen, Tokyo
Sport has united Korea in the past. But only for short periods of time and without securing lasting détente between North and South Korea. Asger Røjle Christensen describes previous and current attempts of sports diplomacy on the Korean peninsula.
28 of the 42 appeals of IOC’s ban on Russian athletes will be upheld, said a CAS decision issued today. The athletes in question are not automatically invited to participate in the upcoming Pyeongchang Games, says the IOC.
The Pyeongchang Winter Games have already become a propaganda win for North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un. And it has become a much needed PR victory for the IOC after all the trouble with Russian doping. But everything is not as it should be.