IOC Bans Russia From 2018 Winter Olympics

Trevor Jackson
December 6, 2017

Athletes approved by the panel will compete in a uniform with "Olympic Athlete from Russia" written on it and under an Olympic flag.

The Kremlin did not immediately comment on the decision, but on Monday spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was not considering a boycott, though President Vladimir Putin would make the final decision.

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 executive board chose to suspend the ROC with immediate effect.

"Of course we want our athletes there, and we want the Russian flag and anthem", he said.

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Scott Blackmun, CEO of the United States Olympic Committee, called the decision "strong and principled". The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) sets up an independent commission headed by its former chief, Dick Pound, to investigate the claims.

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.

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

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The IOC may partially or fully lift the suspension of the ROC from the commencement of the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 provided these decisions are fully respected and implemented by the ROC and by the invited athletes and officials.

The IOC decision sparked outrage in Russian Federation, with many saying the country was humiliated and others suggesting to boycott the games.

The Russian doping scandal began in Sochi.

Whistleblower, Grigory Rodchenkov, was the former head of a Moscow drug-testing lab.

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 president of the Russian skating union has described the decision of offensive and insulting. The delegation was led by Zhukov, who was later suspended. The statement said that Schmidt's report had confirmed "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russian Federation".

A broad investigation is being led by the Inquiry Commission chaired by Samuel Schmid, a former President of Switzerland. By Monday, 25 Russians had been disqualified from the Sochi Games and banned from the Olympics for life, and 11 medals were stripped. The two also made a statement applauding the IOC's decision.

The banned Russian athletes have said they will appeal the Oswald judgments at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Any sanctions imposed by the International Olympic Committee can also be challenged at CAS, and later at Switzerland's supreme court, which can intervene if legal process has been abused.

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