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Russia and U.S. relations: Should Russia give back all of its Sochi medals as a sign of goodwill?

  • They cheated big time.

    There was cheating in Russia during the Sochi Olympics. The cheating appeared to be sanctioned by the state. Russia won far more medals in that Olympics than they would have if they hadn't cheated. Most of the rest of the world thinks that the Olympics doesn't take cheating seriously. Giving back the medals would be a good start.

  • There needs to be proof

    While there is definitely strong evidence that doping was a huge factor in the amount of medals won at the Sochi Winter Olympics, I don't think it is fair to assume everyone is guilty. If there is evidence that proves the innocence of an athlete, then they should be entitled to keep their medal.

  • That would be unprecedented.

    Russia's potentially inflated medal haul at Sochi due to doping is not specifically related to U.S. - Russia relations. That's more about Russia's relationship with international sporting and all of the nations that participate in the Olympics. While giving back medals might be a sign of goodwill in that regards, it would do little to help the deterioration of bilateral relations.

  • There needs to be proof

    While there is definitely strong evidence that doping was a huge factor in the amount of medals won at the Sochi Winter Olympics, I don't think it is fair to assume everyone is guilty. If there is evidence that proves the innocence of an athlete, then they should be entitled to keep their medal.


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