International Olympic Committee suspends Russian Federation from 2018 Winter Olympics

International Olympic Committee suspends Russian Federation from 2018 Winter Olympics

International Olympic Committee suspends Russian Federation from 2018 Winter Olympics

The IOC banned Russia from the 2018 Games over state-sponsored doping, but said some Russian athletes will be allowed to compete under strict conditions.

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

IOC President Thomas Bach said: "This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport". You can watch it live on YouTube. 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.

The answer, in simple terms, is that it's a strident punishment in response to investigations into the Russian Olympic program's use of performance-enhancing drugs over the past several years.

On Tuesday, the world of worldwide athletics was upended by some of the biggest news in modern Olympics history. "Now it is time to look ahead to Pyeongchang", Blackmun said in a statement. However their pleas to keep Russian Federation in the Winter Olympics went unheeded as the International Olympic Committee decided that there was sufficient evidence to ban Russian Federation. The investigation was led by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren.

In suspending Russia's team, Olympic officials left the door open for some n athletes to compete.

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In December of 2016, an extensive report found that roughly 1,000 Russian athletes were part of an "institutional conspiracy" involving doping.

Lawmaker Irina Rodnina, who is a Soviet figure skating legend, apologised for not being able to protect Russian athletes. "There were no ideal options, but this decision will clearly make it less likely that this ever happens again". Both McLaren and WADA acknowledged that they lack the authority to punish Russia's athletes.

Invitations will be decided by an International Olympic Committee panel chaired by former France Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron. Track and field athletes were the first to be outed.

But that appeal was rejected in light of the conclusions of Samuel Schmid, a former president of Switzerland whom the Olympic committee appointed previous year to review the findings of a scathing investigation commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The IOC also dismissed Dmitry Chernyshenko, former CEO of the Organizing Committee Sochi 2014, from the Coordination Commission Beijing 2022.

The report also addressed in particular the manipulation at the anti-doping laboratory at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 which targeted the Olympic Games directly, IOC reports. They've taken away 11 of Russia's 33 medals. When the Olympics came to Russian soil, according to Rodchenkov, he ran a clandestine effort, with the assistance of government agents, to replace tainted urine samples taken from cheating Russian athletes during the Sochi Games with clean urine samples he collected months before.

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