IOC Bans Russia From 2018 Winter Olympics

06 December, 2017, 00:22 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • The sign of the International Olympic Committee Headquarters in Lausanne

The country's government officials are forbidden to attend, its flag will not be displayed at the opening ceremony and its anthem will not sound.

According to the IOC, Russian athletes will instead compete as "Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)", under the Olympic flag. They would have to pass drug tests to prove they were clean and also did not benefit from the Sochi scheme.

The Pyeongchang Games will begin in 66 days, on February 9th, and run until February 25th.

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". Athletes approved by the panel will compete in a uniform with "Olympic Athlete from Russia" written on it and under an Olympic flag.

The punishment also prevents Russian officials from participating in official Olympic events, including Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko and Deputy Minister of Sport Yuri Nagornykh, who are permanently banned from all future events.

Mutko heads the organizing committee of soccer's next World Cup.

The conclusions of the Schmid Report, on both factual and legal aspects, confirmed "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russian Federation, through the Disappearing Positive Methodology and during the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, as well as the various levels of administrative, legal and contractual responsibility, resulting from the failure to respect the respective obligations of the various entities involved".

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.

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

Tuesday's decision may have major consequences for another major sports event, next year's $11 billion soccer World Cup in Russian Federation.

Meanwhile, Russian coaches and athletes were vehemently condemning the decision and discussing how it could be appealed. The commission relied heavily on the testimony of former Moscow laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov. It wants the scientist extradited from the United States, where he is a protected witness.

Russian officials reacted to the decision by attacking it as unfair.

To suspend ROC President Alexander Zhukov as an IOC Member, given that his membership is linked to his position as ROC President.

After an investigation, the International Olympic Committee began stripping Sochi medals.

But that appeal was rejected in light of the conclusions of Samuel Schmid, a former president of Switzerland whom the Olympic committee appointed a year ago to review the findings of a scathing investigation commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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