Russian Federation banned from Pyeongchang Winter Games over doping
06 December, 2017, 01:04 | Author: Kim Reid
Some of the country's athletes will be allowed to compete under the tag of "Olympic Athlete of Russia", if they satisfy strict conditions that show they have a doping-free background.
Some Russian athletes may be invited to compete neutrally under specific circumstances. According to The New York Times, Russian officials had threatened a boycott if they were barred from the Olympics.
The IOC also suspended the Russian Olympic Committee until at least the closing ceremony in South Korea. The McLaren Report confirmed Russian Federation engaged in an "institutional conspiracy" to beat the system and swap out tainted drug samples for clean ones.
While Russia hasn't responded as of this writing, word is that a number of Russian officials have already said they would boycott the International Olympic Committee if this ruling was handed down.
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The IOC also imposed a fine of $15 million on the Russian Olympic Committee to pay for its two investigations into the case and toward future anti-doping work.
The commission based its findings on an independent report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren that was commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and published previous year.
Mutko receives a lifetime Olympic ban for his involvement in Russian doping, raising questions as to whether he can continue in his role as head of the organising committee for next year's World Cup.
At the IOC's Congress in Lima to award the 2024 Summer Olympics to Paris and 2028 Games to Los Angeles, 17 national anti-doping agencies including the United States, France, Germany and Britain demand Russia's exclusion from Pyeongchang, calling it "one of the biggest doping scandals in sporting history". Russian President Vladimir Putin has said it would be humiliating for Russia to compete without national symbols.
The IOC made the ruling after a yearlong investigation into systematic doping by Russian athletes.
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