Russia Has Been Banned From Competing In The 2018 Winter Olympics

The decision was made at the International Olympic Committee's HQ in Switzerland

Evidence suggests that Russian Federation ran an orchestrated doping program at the 2014 Sochi Games.

In a historic act of punishment, Russia's flag and anthem will be absent from February's Pyeongchang Games in South Korea as outcome for widespread doping that Olympic officials believe was supported by the country's government.

The absence of Russian athletes would sap many events of top competitors. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko and his deputy minister Yuri Nagornykh are banned from all future editions of the Olympics.

The document also features measures relating to allocating more funding to test Paralympic athletes, create agreements with whistleblowers to give them legal protection in exchange for helping investigations and preventing those who break anti-doping rules from holding state or non-state posts in physical culture and sports. Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously said it would be humiliating to compete without national symbols.

Those athletes who do go to the Games, which start on February 9, will participate under the name "Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation".

Mutko receives a lifetime Olympic ban for his involvement in Russian doping, raising questions as to whether he can continue in his role as head of the organising committee for next year's World Cup.


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

According to reports, Russian officials have refused to accept the findings of the McLaren Report from the World Anti-Doping Agency. These invited athletes will participate, be it in individual or team competitions, under the name "Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)".

International Olympic Committee comes down hard on Russian cheats, stripping Alexander Legkov of his Sochi 50-kilometre cross country gold medal and banning him for life.

On Tuesday, that punishment came down. As a result, no official from the Russian Ministry of Sport for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will be accredited. The commission relied heavily on the testimony of former Moscow laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov.

Two IOC commission leaders - appointed after WADA investigator Richard McLaren upheld Rodchenkov's doping claims in July 2016 - also reported to the Olympic board. Investigators say Russian officials went to elaborate means to ensure a better showing - and it worked, as Russia's athletes more than doubled their medal count by winning 33 medals (13 of them gold), the most of any country.

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