Russian Federation banned from 2018 Winter Olympic Games

Doug Mendoza
December 8, 2017

In truth, the International Olympic Committee could hardly fail to act given the evidence uncovered by the explosive World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) sponsored McLaren report and two subsequent International Olympic Committee investigations, which found that Russian athletes had taken part in an elaborate drug cheating programme that reached its zenith at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Nor are Russian athletes banned from accepting government funds - in effect, taxpayers' funds - so they can travel and compete in the Games. As sports minister in 2014, he was deeply implicated in the Sochi doping plot by two International Olympic Committee commissions and a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation.

— The CEO of the Sochi Olympics, Dmitry Chernyshenko, loses his place on an Olympic panel overseeing the 2022 Beijing Winter Games.

The International Olympic Committee chose to ban the Russian federation as punishment for widespread doping Olympic officials believe was supported by the government.

— Boycott the Pyeongchang Olympics entirely for the first time since the Soviet Union skipped the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Medvedev was referring to a March presidential election in which incumbent Vladimir Putin is standing for re-election.

His lawyer, Jim Walden, told reporters Tuesday, "Today's decision sends a powerful message that the International Olympic Committee has joined the world community in saying that Russia's cheating needs to be severely sanctioned".

We work with our own doping cases, but we will never recognize the lies about our sports system spread by WADA, as one of the conditions that they demand from us to allow our delegation to travel to South Korea, Medvedev said.

Pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva told TASS: "Addressing our athletes, I want to say that they should absolutely not despair and should continue training for the games". The athletes who have qualified for their event have to prove they are clean athletes.

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Pro-Kremlin media focused on discrediting Grigory Rodchenkov, the whistleblower who gave evidence of a state-controlled doping programme in which he played a central role. It will include the IOC's medical director, Dr. Richard Budgett.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned for life from the Olympics this week, said Moscow would support Russian athletes who opt to compete at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as neutrals.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied it carried out a doping operation. It also forces the regime to show domestically whether it cares more about itself or the Russian people. The home team at Sochi was 232-strong, though 25 have so far been disqualified for doping, losing 11 of the nation's 33 medals.

Russia could refuse the offer to let its athletes compete without national identity or the playing of the Russian national anthem.

"Obviously there are potential athletes that are clean but they have the option now to compete under a neutral flag, which I think is a good solution".

A report made by a WADA investigator and presented previous year before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics included the testimony of the informer Grigori Rodchenkov, who worked with the Moscow branch of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).

In the absence of a boycott, the Russian public will watch Russian athletes compete in South Korea and be reminded of why their flag is not flying at the Games.

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