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Russia pays a price, but no winners in doping saga

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08.12.2017

If you're looking for winners after the International Olympic Committee's decision to boot Russia from the upcoming Games, keep on looking.

There are none.

Yes, it's easy to view the IOC's decision as a victory for clean athletes who have been desperately waiting for a day like Tuesday — when the IOC finally delivered a sanction that was, at least on some level, in line with the crimes.

It's easy to see it as vindication for Grigory Rodchenkov, the Russian lab director who helped execute the cheating, then got sick of it all and became a whistleblower who is now living in hiding in the United States.

And it's easy to see it as a long-awaited comeuppance for the Russians, who have been thumbing their noses at long-accepted rules and norms of fair competition, virtually daring the powers that be to do something about it.

But the crimes — they have already been committed, and those who were cheated at the Sochi Olympics will never get that moment back, even if the IOC gives them a ceremony at the Pyeongchang Games in February.

Rodchenkov's life will never be the same.

"It's going to be challenging in ways hard to imagine," his........

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