US Legend Carl Lewis Calls for Harsh Punishment Against Russian Federation: ‘Kick Them Out’

Published 02/24/2022, 9:00 AM EST
LIMA, PERU – AUGUST 07: Former United States of America Olympian and multiple gold medal winner Carl Lewis looks on before the medal ceremony of Men’s 100m on Day 12 of Lima 2019 Pan American Games at Athletics Stadium of Villa Deportiva Nacional on August 07, 2019 in Lima, Peru. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Former track and field athlete, Carl Lewis needs no introduction. With nine Olympic gold medals to his name, Lewis is one of the most decorated American athletes of all time.

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Notably, Lewis’ last Olympics was in 1996. Now, Lewis is an assistant coach at the track and field program at the University of Houston. In fact, it was his own alma mater.

Lately, with tensions rising when it comes to the Russian Federation, Carl Lewis has spoken out against them.

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Carl Lewis advocates tough punishments for the Russian Federation

Nine-time Olympic gold medalist, Carl Lewis, took to Twitter today to express his anger over the Russian Federation. The country has lately been involved in a string of controversies, including fifteen-year-old figure skater, Katerina Valieva.

Valieva had tested positive in a drug screening, last December. However, the International Olympic Committee allowed her to go ahead and compete in the Games. Consequently, athletes all over the world expressed their dissatisfaction with the decision.

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Frustrated like many, Lewis took to Twitter to quote another Tweet by bestselling author Rick Wilson.

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“Kick them out of all sports organizations, starting with the IOC,” Lewis tweeted. Clearly, the former athlete holds no love for the Russian Federation, or their Olympic team, the Russian Olympic Committee.

Athletes across the world unhappy with Kamila Valieva’s participation in Winter Olympics

Fifteen-year-old Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva‘s participation in the Winter Olympics made many across the world upset. Valieva had tested positive for banned substances in her pre-Olympic drug screening.

2022 Beijing Olympics – Figure Skating – Women Single Skating – Short Program – Capital Indoor Stadium, Beijing, China – February 15, 2022. Kamila Valieva of the Russian Olympic Committee reacts after competing. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Nevertheless, Valieva competed at the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 despite failing her drug screening. In fact, the International Olympic Committee had stated that in the event of Valieva winning a medal, they would forego any medal ceremony for the particular event.

So much so that it would have meant that all athletes who would have medalled in the event would not receive their own medals. Olympian Sha’Carri Richardson, too, took offense to this, stating how the rules were unfair as she faced a ban from the Tokyo Olympics on similar grounds.

She was miffed about Valieva getting the green light to compete at the Olympics. Now, all said and done, it will take months for the case to be settled and dissolved.

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. He is also an automotive writer at HotCars.

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