After taking a few sips of a performance-enhancing early morning caffeine fix, my first reaction to the International Olympic Committee's ban on Russia from the upcoming Winter Games was they didn't nearly go far enough.
There will be no Russian Officials nor anthem in South Korea this coming February for that country's systematic and widespread doping of athletes while hosting the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Given that no Russian competitor could be above suspicion had me thinking, ban them all. However, let's remember this is a regime that is still very totalitarian, hiding under a cloak of capitalistic freedom.
With even K-G-B involvement in the Russian plan to win at all costs including the juicing of athletes, it flies in the face of any idea of athletic free-will. So I'm thinking the decision to allow "clean" Russian athletes to compete under a neutral banner is the right one.
But let's not kid ourselves. There is too much national prestige and money at stake for Olympic champions to think performance enhancing cheating will ever stop.