Russia Banned From 2018 Winter Olympics: IOC

  • Russia Banned From 2018 Winter Olympics: IOC

Russia Banned From 2018 Winter Olympics: IOC

Due process, to which every individual and every organisation is entitled, was followed.

The IOC also suspended the Russian Olympic Committee until at least the closing ceremony in South Korea.

"In light of the decision by the IOC to allow Russian athletes to compete under a neutral flag, I feel compelled as a member of the IOCAC to make it clear to clean athletes of the world and fans of Olympic sport, that there are no winners in today's decision", Wickenheiser said in a statement she released on Twitter. The change will ban the Russian committee (ROC) from competing as a team.

If it was a victory to have the word "Russia" in the team name and invite some Russian athletes to compete, it came at a cost.

The IOC also confirmed that these "neutral athletes" will not get to wear any Russian uniform - or hear their country's national anthem - if they win a gold medal.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, who won two gold medals in fencing for West Germany during the 1970s, was disturbed with what was uncovered. The delegation was led by Zhukov, who was later suspended.

The IOC reserves the right to take measures against and sanction other individuals implicated in the system. His spokesman, Dmitry S. Peskov, has said no boycott was under discussion before the announcement, however, and the news broke late in the evening in Moscow when an immediate official reaction was unlikely. There were no ideal options, but this decision will clearly make it less likely that this ever happens again. 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.

Athletes must have undergone all the pre-Games targeted tests recommended by the Pre-Games Testing Task Force. By the time the report came out, almost all Russian track and field athletes had been banned by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

If you've only seen the headlines so far, you might be we wondering why Russian Federation was banned from the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, next year - and why the International Olympic Committee decided on such a severe punishment. In May, it was reported that Russian athletes taking performance-enhancing drugs were protected by a urine-swapping scheme. No coaches or medical doctors whose prior athletes have violated anti-doping rules may participate in the 2018 Games.

Speaking at a press conference after the decision was announced, Schmid said that his commission had not found any evidence that the Kremlin was aware of the doping cover-up, but the International Olympic Committee banned Russia's former sports minister and current head of Russia's national soccer association, Vitaly Mutko, for life from the Olympics, along with his former deputy, Yuri Nagornykh.