From preventing Hitler from seeing an American Jew win a gold medal, to ignoring terrorist acts, to tolerating host-country bigotry the International Olympic Committee has a sterling history.   Of being heartless.

So why break from form?

The International Olympic Committee has banned Ukrainian competitors at the Sochi winter Games from wearing black armbands to commemorate the deaths of protesters and police in Kiev.

Ah, tradition!

At least some of the Ukrainian athletes are doing the one form of protest the IOC has not prevented.

More than half of the athletes on Ukraine’s Olympic team have left the Games in protest after clashes in Kiev intensified