IOC Bans 11 More Russian Athletes For Life

Doug Mendoza
December 23, 2017

One of the sharpest cuts in the IOC's decision to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics came from the decree that no Russian flags or anthems would be displayed during the Games.

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IOC's logo for Russian athletes.

The upcoming Olympics, which are 23rd Winter Games, will take place in South Korea's PyeongChang on February 9-25, 2018.

The IOC has now answered some of those questions, in excruciating and glorious detail.

The raft of punishments have seen Russian Federation lose top spot in the Sochi medals table having been stripped of 13 of their original 33 medals for cheating, slipping down to fourth overall behind Norway, Canada and the United States.

Olympics officials, showing great savvy, got out in front of any efforts at typographical shenanigans.

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An "OAR" logo must be included rather than any Russian symbols.

The Russians can also forget about doing something fancy with their new designation.

In fact, all fonts must be in English and "as generic as possible", and the words "Olympic Athlete from" must be above the word "Russia" on athletes' kits and in the same size of font.

The banned athletes were "found to have committed anti-doping rule violations. and are disqualified from the events in which they participated", the International Olympic Committee disciplinary panel said.

"Separate items of clothing can not create a tricolor" is one of 13 International Olympic Committee stipulations.

In fact, let's steer clear of Russian red, white and blue entirely, shall we? The IOC helpfully advises: "It is suggested that these are darker in colour".

"Albert DEMCHENKO, Tatyana IVANOVA... are found to have committed anti-doping rule violations pursuant to Article 2 of The International Olympic Committee Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, in 2014, and are disqualified from the events in which they participated", the press release said.

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