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Russian Federation banned from 2018 Winter Olympics

Russian Federation banned from 2018 Winter Olympics

The IOC also confirmed that these "neutral athletes" will not get to wear any Russian uniform - or hear their country's national anthem - if they win a gold medal. Athletes in other Summer Olympic sports could compete only if certified by their respective global federations.

Any Russian athlete hoping to earn invitations to Pyeongchang will have to come through a stricter-than-usual testing regime and not have a doping violation on their record. The International Olympic Committee, after completing its own prolonged investigations that reiterated what had been known for more than a year, handed Russian Federation penalties for doping so severe they were without precedent in Olympics history. The scheme was rivaled perhaps only by the notorious program conducted by East Germany throughout the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

The executive board reached its decision Tuesday after a scheduled 4 1/2-hour debate when it heard from a Russian delegation that included world figure skating champion Evgenia Medvedeva. According to The New York Times, Russian officials had threatened a boycott if they were barred from the Olympics.

WADA's report calls on Russia's track and field team to be banned from worldwide competition, including from the 2016 Rio Olympics, until "state-sponsored" doping is eradicated.

IOC President Thomas Bach called the situation "an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport".

Past year a whistleblower exposed an intricate method used to tamper with drug testing samples at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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

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. This opportunity was not available to the IOC prior to the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

"Everyone is talking about how to punish Russia, but no one is talking about how to help Russia", Smirnov said, sipping a hot beverage in the lobby of the Lausanne Palace Hotel before delivering his final appeal to officials that afternoon.

"We will have to discuss this decision", he said. A broad investigation is being led by the Inquiry Commission chaired by Samuel Schmid, a former President of Switzerland. The film chronicles Fogel's investigation into the worldwide world of sports doping.

The IOC also suspended the Russian Olympic Committee until at least the closing ceremony in South Korea. It says high-ranking IAAF officials must have known about the wide scope of doping. Going forward, previous Minister of Sport, Mr. Vitaly Mutko, and his then Deputy Minister, Mr. Yuri Nagornykh, will be excluded from any participation in all future Olympic Games.


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