Inside the Games, the major source for sports news around the world top story for its Thursday Febr. 1 newsletter read, "Putin apologises to Russian athletes for failing to protect them during doping scandal". Could I possibly be reading correctly? Is one of the most powerful men in the world apologizing to athletes for seemingly doing wrong? Yes, he was! But why would he do such a thing? The fact is "sport and politics are inextricably intertwined and often work to demonstrate social, economic, or political supremacy over another nation."