IOC suspends Russian Federation from the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games

Doug Mendoza
Декабря 6, 2017

The IOC announced the decision after examining evidence of state-sponsored doping over several years that reached its zenith at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

IOC bans the Russian Olympic Committee from the 2018 Winter Games but says clean Russian athletes will still be able to take part as independent competitors "under the Olympic flag".

Thomas Bach, the president of the IOC, has said he was perturbed not only by Russia's widespread cheating but by how it had been accomplished: by corrupting the Olympic laboratory that handled drug testing at the games, and on orders from Russia's own Olympic officials. Mutko was the sports minister in 2014 and is the head of the organizing committee of soccer's next World Cup.

Released in two phases, the McLaren Report concluded that Russia's scheme involved more than 1,000 Russian athletes - and that it also included plans both for manipulating doping controls and for covering up the system.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously said it would be humiliating for his country to compete without national symbols.

After CAS dismisses the Russian appeal, the International Olympic Committee executive decides that any Russian wanting to compete in Rio will have to prove that he or she was not involved in doping. If, for some reason, a Russian athlete is permitted to compete in the Games, they won't be doing it as a Russian athlete, but in a neutral uniform.

Bach also said the Russian committee must give the IOC $15 million to pay for the doping investigation.

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Russian officials have said the country would boycott if the International Olympic Committee adopted such a decision, one that was supported by more than three dozen national anti-doping organizations.

According to reports, Russian officials have refused to accept the findings of the McLaren Report from the World Anti-Doping Agency.

This year the team will be called Olympic athletes from Russian Federation.

Not to accredit any official from the Russian Ministry of Sport for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. The IOC has also banned Mutko and his deputy Yury Nagornykh from future games. due to their direct involvement with the state-sponsored doping.

The IOC decision sparked outrage in Russian Federation, with many saying the country was humiliated and others suggesting to boycott the games.

There had been suggestions beforehand that such a punishment might lead to a wholesale Russian boycott of the Winter Olympics.

Two IOC commission leaders - appointed after WADA investigator Richard McLaren upheld Rodchenkov's doping claims in July 2016 - also reported to the Olympic board.

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