Russia Banned From 2018 Winter Olympics: IOC

Russia Banned From 2018 Winter Olympics: IOC

Russia Banned From 2018 Winter Olympics: IOC

Athletes in other Summer Olympic sports could compete only if certified by their respective worldwide federations.

The Pyeongchang Games will begin in 66 days, on February 9th, and run until February 25th. "Requirements have been issued to the global federations and RUSADA (Russian anti-doping agency) for the level of testing of those athletes", he said. "Secondly, I don't see any reason for a boycott by the Russian athletes because we allow the clean athletes there to participate".

Individual cases are being looked at by the Disciplinary Commission, chaired by Denis Oswald, a Swiss lawyer and former International Olympic Committee executive board member.

"Of course we want our athletes there, and we want the Russian flag and anthem", he said. Going forward, previous Minister of Sport, Mr. Vitaly Mutko, and his then Deputy Minister, Mr. Yuri Nagornykh, will be excluded from any participation in all future Olympic Games.

Mutko heads the organizing committee of soccer's next World Cup. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) sets up an independent commission headed by its former chief, Dick Pound, to investigate the claims.

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.

The sanctions could be challenged at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The decision stems from an ongoing investigation into state-sponsored Russian doping during the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. 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.

Russian Federation basks in a golden hue after topping the medals table at the Sochi Winter Games in the Black Sea resort, with 13 titles and 33 medals in total.

The ruling cemented that the nation was guilty of executing an extensive state-backed doping program.

Instead, Russia blames Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of Moscow and Sochi testing laboratories, as a rogue employee.

Rodchenkov, who was the subject of the Netflix documentary "Icarus" earlier this year, is living somewhere in the United States under the protection of federal authorities. The delegation was led by Zhukov, who was later suspended.

The decision comes after a 17-month investigation by the International Olympic Committee into what was deemed to be state-supported doping.

Bach and his board have come to their decision after reading through the findings and recommendations of a 17-month investigation headed by the former president of Switzerland, Samuel Schmid.

At the coming games, Bach said Tuesday, a special medal ceremony will reassign medals to retroactive winners from Sochi. One Russian was cleared. The American team now leads the way with the 28 medals it won in 2014, with Norway second - and that's without the redistribution of medals that were taken away from Russian athletes. But, in light of legal appeals from numerous Russian athletes who have been disqualified by the International Olympic Committee, it is uncertain if all results from Sochi will be finalized in time.

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