Seems that Putin is weighing into the issue..as the report below from the Russian Journal shows:
MOSCOW - Sports-mad Russians, led by the president, furiously rallied on Friday behind their Winter Olympic team which has threatened to pull out of the Games amid a torrent of allegations reminiscent of Cold War days.
The Russian team, feeling cheated of gold medals, said that judges and officials had victimised its athletes.
President Vladimir Putin, normally wary of getting dragged into controversy, added his voice to the mounting clamour, saying there had been biased decisions and judging at the Games.
Itar-Tass news agency quoted the Kremlin leader as saying the Russian team had been "subjected...to unfair and biased judging".
He was scathing of the new International Olympic Committee presidency under Jacques Rogge, and said "exceptional commercialisation" had played a role in the affair, running counter to Olympic principles. Putin has a very fair point here. The Olympics has become too commercialised, ever since the 1984 Olympics, and reached its "height" at the 1996 Coca-Cola...oops...1996 Atlanta Olympics
Putin, a keen sportsman and black-belt judo expert, also accused Russian Olympic officials of being too passive. And who said that Bush could beat Putin anyday?
The controversy was enough to make Russian nationalist bad boy and leading parliamentarian, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, put aside his pro-American change-of-heart and reverted to Uncle Sam-bashing. Cmon Vlad, I liked you so much when you were pro-American.
"The team must be recalled immediately, this evening," said Zhirinovsky, sounding much more like his old self by berating the U.S. hosts of the Winter Games.
"We should spit in their faces - the referees and those hosting the Games. We have never seen such a foul Olympics. This is merely a settling of accounts by criminal sports structures," he thundered in a table-thumping speech to parliament.
Fellow legislator Gennady Raikov of the pro-Kremlin People's Deputy Group said: "There is no need for our Olympic team to take part. Why watch continually as others wipe their feet on you?
"If the Americans need gold medals, we have a mint and can produce them here and bring them over a whole collection to keep them happy," he told the State Duma lower house which debated a resolution condemning the treatment of the Russian team.
One of the giants of winter sports, Russia has won just five golds and was upset early in the first full week of the 17-day Games by the furore over the judging of the pairs figure skating competition.
A Russian pair won the gold but after a protest by Canada and a public outcry in North American, the Canadians, who had come second, were awarded duplicate golds.
The final straw appeared to have been the Thursday ruling which forced the Russian team to withdraw its hotly-fancied team from a women's cross country relay following abnormal blood tests.
"Everything we are seeing in Salt Lake City, we can call the 'Wild Olympics in the Wild West'," government spokesman Alexei Volin said.
"It looks like revenge for Russian sporting successes achieved in honest competition," he added.
The heated confrontation will be taken to the ice rink later on Friday when Russia and the United States meet in what is likely to be a hard-fought ice hockey semifinal.
The anger has reached across Russia where sports-mad fans had been glued to their TV screens to follow the fortunes of their team in Salt Lake City.
"What we are seeing today is an absolute continuation of the Cold War," said respected film producer Nikita Mikhalkov, echoing a common view.
"What has caused this, I don't know, but maybe it is the Americans' fear of that terrible day of September 11 or the fear that we...will be able to climb out of the abyss we are in and become dangerous," he told ORT public television.