well that'll send a message wrote:
these guys aren't messing around!
Maybe posters on here won't be so forthcoming with criticism of Coe and the IAAF when they appear reluctant to ban Russia from international competition and the Olympics!?
Putin is a dangerous and unpredictable man who is clearly involved with what is going on in Russian athletics. I certainly wouldn't want to be in Coe's shoes and make the decision to ban them from Rio, which of course isn't his decision in reality.
There are and probably have been things going on behind the scenes that no one on here can even attempt to imagine. Moreover, this is such a political hot potato that there are doubtless national leaders involved. I mean really, if Obama or other leaders decide that Russia must be part of the Olympics, do you really think Coe can go against their wishes?
It will be the leaders of the west who decide whether Russia take part, yet it will be Coe who gets all the criticism. Bit of a poisoned chalice now, imo.