FROM Dick Pound
IAAF Maintains Ban on Russian Track Team The worst fears of Russia's track and field team have been realized. The governing body of world track and field, the IAAF announced today that the ban against Russian track and field athletes will be extended to this summer's Olympics in Rio. Former world-record miler Sebastian Coe, now IAAF President, announced, "Although good progress has been made, the IAAF council was unanimous that RUSAF had not met the reinstatement conditions and that Russian athletes could not credibly return to international competition without undermining the confidence of their competitors and the public." Dick Pound is the founding president of the World Anti-Doping Agency , called WADA. He headed the investigation into what he called, "a deeply rooted culture of cheating at all levels."
Tarnished Gold: Will Russian Olympic Doping Jeopardize Rio? It's a saga that echoes the darkest intrigues of the Cold War: Dozens of Russian Olympic athletes accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs under state supervision, then faking their tests. The Russian lab director who ran the secret program has blown the whistle, and the US Justice Department has opened an investigation. Meanwhile, Olympic officials say that re-tests of doping samples from the 2008 Beijing Games could bar more than 30 athletes representing a dozen countries from this summer's games. We hear from the reporter who broke the story.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.