Sunday, 17 December, 2017

International Olympic Committee bans Russian Federation from Winter Olympics

With the Russian Olympic Committee suspended by the Olympics' governing body Russian athletes must compete under a neutral flag if they want to participate in the Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics. The ROC's Moscow headquarters are seen in this build International Olympic Committee bans Russian Federation from Winter Olympics
Angelica Greene | 06 December, 2017, 00:25

Thomas Bach, the president of the IOC, has said he was perturbed not only by Russia's widespread cheating but by how it had been accomplished: by corrupting the Olympic laboratory that handled drug testing at the games, and on orders from Russia's own Olympic officials. You can watch it live on YouTube.

"As an athlete myself, I feel very sorry for all the clean athletes from all NOCs who are suffering from this manipulation". The bans came as a result of an International Olympic Committee investigation into allegations of widespread doping among Russians and sample tampering by laboratory and security officials at the Sochi Olympics.

At the State Kremlin Palace on December 1, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said at a joint news conference with Mutko that the IOC's decision would not affect the World Cup. The two also made a statement applauding the IOC's decision. The IOC is set to decide later on the level of Russia's participation in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as calls to ban the country over suspected state-sponsored doping grow louder.

In suspending Russia's team, Olympic officials left the door open for some n athletes to compete. Russian President Vladimir Putin has called the doping charges against Russia "a risky return to this policy of letting politics interfere with sport".

Those probes have concluded that more than 1,000 Russian athletes across at least 30 sports, including both summer and winter events, had been involved in doping that dated from at least 2011. A review of the results from Russian athletes in the past few months has led to the disqualification of more than two dozen Russians from Sochi.

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The IOC ruled on Tuesday that the Russian Federation will be barred from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Peyoncheng.

Invitations will be decided by an International Olympic Committee panel chaired by former France Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron.

Bach was joined Tuesday by Samuel Schmid, the former president of Switzerland, who led a commission investigating the allegations against Russian Federation.

That commission, chaired by International Olympic Committee member Denis Oswald, was tasked with handling individual cases.

It looks like Russia's past issues with doping athletes has royally bit them in the ass. The Olympic anthem will play when Russian athletes earn medals. The American team now leads the way with the 28 medals it won in 2014, with Norway second - and that's without the redistribution of medals that were taken away from Russian athletes.

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