Russian Federation suspended from Winter Olympics, clean athletes can compete as neutrals

Russian Federation suspended from Winter Olympics, clean athletes can compete as neutrals

Russian Federation suspended from Winter Olympics, clean athletes can compete as neutrals

According to the IOC, Russia's Olympic team won't be able to attend the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea this coming February, nor will their flag or anthem be on display or played during the opening ceremony.

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.

Those athletes who do go to the Games, which start on February 9, will participate under the name "Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation". "Russia will deny to the end, and if a line was not drawn, I feel behind closed doors they would have made a mockery of the Olympic movement".

The news comes after the IOC announced that they will be taking steps to suspend the Russian Olympic Committee for "systematic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system".

The IOC also fined the Russian committee $15 million to pay for the doping investigation.

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".

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Nevertheless, the president of Russia's Bobsleigh Federation, Alexander Zubkov, told Russian television: "This is humiliation".

Bach said: "This should serve as a catalyst for a more effective anti-doping system led by Wada".

At a press conference in Lausanne, streamed on the International Olympic Committee website, Schmid said his findings were based on more than just the testimony of Russian whistle-blower Dr Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory who fled Russia in November 2015 and is now in the witness protection scheme in the United States.

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".

"I very much regret that the International Olympic Committee made such a odd decision", Mikhail Fedotov, chairman of the Presidential Council on Human Rights, told Interfax on Tuesday. The IOC also dismissed Dmitry Chernyshenko, former CEO of the Organizing Committee Sochi 2014, from the Coordination Commission Beijing 2022.

Instead, Russia blames Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of Moscow and Sochi testing laboratories, as a rogue employee. They've taken away 11 of Russia's 33 medals.

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