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No Vodka for Russia's Olympic Athletes

22. May 2012 by Dasha 0 Comments

Russians certainly enjoy their vodka, but athletes at the upcoming Olympic Games will have to do without. The Kremlin has banned vodka and wine from all receptions involving Russia’s athletes and delegates.

“Olympic values are not compatible with the consumption of alcohol,” a spokesman for Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak told Russia’s Kommersant newspaper.

The decision comes after Russia’s poor performance at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. The nation expected to win 50 medals, but only managed to bring home 15. Could booze be to blame? The Kommersant quotes a source who says the Russian parties at the 2010 Olympics were so raucous it was hard to believe they were affiliated with the Olympics at all.

Naturally, not everyone is thrilled with the booze ban or the supposed reasoning behind it. 

"Of course, this is only a political decision, linked only in order to avoid further attacks by the press, by those who still find a reason why we lost," said former silver medalist Ilia Averbukh."If the team's poor medal performance was because of some kind of alcohol, it always occurred only after the competition."

The Summer Olympic Games kick off in London on July 27 and last until August 12.