Russian Olympic Team Banned From 2018 Games

Russian Olympic Team Banned From 2018 Games

Russian Olympic Team Banned From 2018 Games

The report also addressed in particular the manipulation at the anti-doping laboratory at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 which targeted the Olympic Games directly, IOC reports.

"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.

"This should draw a line under this damaging episode", the International Olympic Committee said in an announcement made by its president, Thomas Bach in Lausanne on Tuesday. The nation's deputy prime minister, Vitaly Mutko, was Russia's top sports official during the 2014 Sochi Games and was directly implicated by Rodchenkov.

Some had feared a repeat performance from the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday, despite a second report by McLaren in December 2016 which confirmed that more than 1,000 Russian athletes had been involved in, or benefited from, state-sponsored doping. He previously has said it would be humiliating for Russian Federation to compete without its 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". The IOC also fined the Russian committee $15 million to pay for the doping investigation.

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That part of the world also "remains the only worldwide market not to have grown in annual terms this year". Despite the challenges, the aviation body said there is positive momentum heading into 2018.

"The Russian International Olympic University is providing a wide array of training programmes which attract all of our target audiences - sports officials, sports managers at different levels of seniority, coaches, athletes and ex-athletes".

The commission based its findings on an independent report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren that was commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and published previous year. Tuesday's action was based on the findings of the IOC's Schmid Commission, formed in July 2016 to examine the role of Russian officials and institutions in organized doping, ESPN reported. More than two dozen Russian athletes have been disqualified from the Sochi standings as a result, and Olympic officials are still sorting through the tainted results and rescinding medals.

The ban does offer a pathway for individual, clean Russian athletes to still participate in the upcoming Games in Pyeongchang, which start February 9. The IOC has also banned Mutko and his deputy Yury Nagornykh from future games. due to their direct involvement with the state-sponsored doping.

Tuesday's punishment will invite criticism from some anti-doping organizations that had called for a blanket ban of all Russian athletes. They've taken away 11 of Russia's 33 medals.

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