International Olympic Committee bans Russian Federation from Winter Olympics

IOC suspends Russian NOC and creates a path for clean individual athletes to compete in PyeongChang 2018 under the Olympic Flag

IOC bans Russia from Winter Olympics

Athletes who lost medals because of Russia's doping program at the Sochi Olympics gave a broad thumbs-up to the International Olympic Committee's decision Tuesday to let Russian athletes compete at the upcoming Pyeongchang Games - but not under their own flag.

To suspend the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) with immediate effect.

"In light of the decision by the IOC to allow Russian athletes to compete under a neutral flag, I feel compelled as a member of the IOCAC to make it clear to clean athletes of the world and fans of Olympic sport, that there are no winners in today's decision", Wickenheiser said in a statement she released on Twitter. These invited athletes will participate, be it in individual or team competitions, under the name "Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)". Athletes in other Summer Olympic sports could compete only if certified by their respective global federations.

Thirty-four Russian athletes tested positive in re-analysis of samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, the commission said.

The conclusions of the Schmid Report, on both factual and legal aspects, confirmed "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russian Federation, through the Disappearing Positive Methodology and during the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, as well as the various levels of administrative, legal and contractual responsibility, resulting from the failure to respect the respective obligations of the various entities involved".

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The CEO of the Sochi Olympics, Dmitry Chernyshenko, also had his place on an Olympic panel overseeing the 2022 Beijing Winter Games withdrawn by the IOC.

The ROC to reimburse the costs incurred by the International Olympic Committee on the investigations and to contribute to the establishment of the Independent Testing Authority (ITA) for the total sum of United States dollars 15 million, to build the capacity and integrity of the global anti-doping system.

The IOC also imposed lifetime Olympic ban on Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, organizer of soccer's 2018 World Cup. This was reported on the website of the International Olympic Committee.

The IOC made the ruling after a yearlong investigation into systematic doping by Russian athletes.

The Winter Olympics will be held from February 9-25. "Requirements have been issued to the worldwide federations and RUSADA (Russian anti-doping agency) for the level of testing of those athletes", he said.

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The IOC also will bar Russian officials who were team leaders at Sochi, and coaches or medial staff who have been linked to doping athletes.

However, the commission said it had not found "any documented, independent and impartial evidence confirming the support or the knowledge of this system by the highest State authority".

Russian officials reacted to the decision by attacking it as unfair. "There were no ideal options, but this decision will clearly make it less likely that this ever happens again", it said.

Instead, Russia blames Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of Moscow and Sochi testing laboratories, as a rogue employee. So far the figure stands at 25 athletes, with 11 medals stripped.

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