International Olympic Committee bans Russian Federation from 2018 Olympics over doping

Frederick Owens
December 6, 2017

Russians won't compete in the Pyeongchang Olympics under their own flag, if they compete at all, following a decision from the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday.

Last summer, facing similar calls to exclude Russia from the Rio Olympics, the IOC pushed the decision onto the worldwide federations of individual sports, allowing them to choose which Russian athletes could compete. Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously said it would be humiliating to compete without national symbols.

The IOC executive board ruled that Russian athletes who are proven to be clean by passing strict standards will be allowed to compete in the Games at PyeongChang, South Korea.

Vitaly Mutko, the Deputy Prime Minister of Russian Federation and former Minister of Sport, has been barred from attending any future Olympic Games.

Three days after calling the claims "absurd", then Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko changes tack, saying he is "ashamed and sorry". This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

Tuesday's punishment will invite criticism from some anti-doping organizations that had called for a blanket ban of all Russian athletes.

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

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"This should draw a line under this damaging episode", the International Olympic Committee said in an announcement made by its president, Thomas Bach in Lausanne on Tuesday.

The Russian authorities have vehemently denied any state involvement in doping and pledged to work with global sports bodies to curb the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs in the country.

Those athletes who do go to the Games, which start on February 9, will participate under the name "Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation".

Second part of McLaren Report published, alleging state-sponsored doping by the Russians between 2011 and 2015 with sample tampering at the 2012 London Olympics and Sochi 2014.

The IOC suspended the Russian Olympic committee and IOC member Alexander Zhukov, and also banned Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vilaty Mutko from the Olympics for life.

"Should our country's leadership and national sports decide otherwise, we will still be cheering for our people", Melnikov said, adding, "In this case, it is important to build an information campaign around the Games in a particular way". Sochi 2014 President Dmitry Chernyshenko has been removed from the 2022 IOC Coordination Commission.

At Rio, around 270 Russians are cleared to compete, with 111 excluded. They've taken away 11 of Russia's 33 medals.

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