Russian Federation banned from Pyeongchang Winter Games over doping

Russian Federation banned from Pyeongchang Winter Games over doping

Also, the International Olympic Committee put forth a set of conditions for Russian athletes to compete at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics as neutral athletes.

Speaking at the press conference announcing the ruling of the IOC Executive was Samuel Schmid, the Swiss politician who led the IOC inquiry into whether anti-doping subterfuge was carried out with the backing of the Russian government.

They will compete as 'Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR)', in uniforms which bear that acronym, under the Olympic flag. Athletes in other Summer Olympic sports could compete only if certified by their respective worldwide federations.

Tatyana Tarasova, a prominent Russian figure skating coach, said the International Olympic Committee decision was "absolutely unjust".

The Schmid report found evidence of "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system" which back up previous allegations of government involvement in cheating in the run up to and during the Winter Olympics nearly four years ago.

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Russian Federation could refuse the offer and boycott the games.

The answer, in simple terms, is that it's a strident punishment in response to investigations into the Russian Olympic program's use of performance-enhancing drugs over the past several years.

Mutko, who was also banned from the Rio 2016 Summer Games, had been implicated in the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency)-commissioned McLaren report.

The IOC also imposed lifetime Olympic ban on Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, organizer of soccer's 2018 World Cup. "Requirements have been issued to the worldwide federations and RUSADA (Russian anti-doping agency) for the level of testing of those athletes", he said.

Not to accredit any official from the Russian Ministry of Sport for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

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

Meanwhile the credibility of the Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, who ran the Moscow anti-doping laboratory before fleeing previous year and revealing what he knew to McLaren, was recently enhanced by the Oswald commission, who confirmed that he was a "truthful witness".

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".

Speaking earlier Tuesday before the International Olympic Committee announcement, she also said that a blanket ban was undesirable.

Instead, Russia blames Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of Moscow and Sochi testing laboratories, as a rogue employee. Sochi 2014 President Dmitry Chernyshenko has been removed from the 2022 IOC Coordination Commission.

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It looks like Russia's past issues with doping athletes has royally bit them in the ass.

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