Come on, France, you can do better. This is just another modern example of the effects of globalism and trade, and why I for one wish for manufacturing to return to the West; specifically, to the United States too! I understand this is easier said than done, though. What are your thoughts on returning manufacturing back to the West - is it possible? Should it be attempted?
"Peace Hat and Little Girl" by Tony Fischer Photography is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
Kamila Valieva - a teenaged figure skating star from Russia, faces a four year ban on competing due to a positive test for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). Drug use in Sport for me has always been a big no-no; it ruins the concept of open competition on a fair playing field, destroys the hard work and training by un-enhanced competitors, and abuses the spirit of the Olympic Games. In addition, I find the practice of doping to be highly divisive.
Kamila Valieva faces a four year ban on competing due to her drug test results - but is it enough? There have been murmurs of introducing lifetime bans for doping offenses. What are your thoughts?
"Staraya Russa, Russia" by Lex Kravetski is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
This is a historical moment to be sure, but it brings back a topic of discussion which I'm approached with from time to time: should eSports and video games be recognized as Olympic sports? Or Olympic events? Although my public opinion has been clear on this topic for years now (I don't consider video games or eSports to be in the same category as traditional, physically demanding sports), I am interested in the direction that the IOC has taken with regards to eSports. But what do you think? Should video games and/or eSports be recognized alongside traditional physical sports?
"Gamer" by ulricaloeb is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
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