Russia Has Been Banned From Competing In The 2018 Winter Olympics

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Second part of McLaren Report published, alleging state-sponsored doping by the Russians between 2011 and 2015 with sample tampering at the 2012 London Olympics and Sochi 2014.

IOC President Thomas Bach called the situation "an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport".

Russian athletes were however handed a lifeline by the IOC who have allowed them to compete in a uniform bearing the name "Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)" provided they can prove they were not involved in a state-sponsored doping programme, BBC writes. "The Olympic Anthem will be played in any ceremony", said a statement on the IOC website. The change will ban the Russian committee (ROC) from competing as a team.

The ROC to reimburse the costs incurred by the International Olympic Committee on the investigations and to contribute to the establishment of the Independent Testing Authority (ITA) for the total sum of Dollars 15 million, to build the capacity and integrity of the global anti-doping system.

More on this as it develops.

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The Winter Olympics will be held from February 9-25. Athletes in other Summer Olympic sports could compete only if certified by their respective worldwide federations. On Monday, Peskov said that Russian Federation was not planning to boycott the Olympics if the International Olympic Committee imposed restrictions on the country's participation. 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. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko and his deputy minister Yuri Nagornykh are banned from all future editions of the Olympics. According to The New York Times, Russian officials had threatened a boycott if they were barred from the Olympics.

Tuesday's decision may have major consequences for another major sports event, next year's $11 billion soccer World Cup in Russian Federation. 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.

Meanwhile the credibility of the Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, who ran the Moscow anti-doping laboratory before fleeing previous year and revealing what he knew to McLaren, was recently enhanced by the Oswald commission, who confirmed that he was a "truthful witness". Some Russian officials have threatened to boycott if the International Olympic Committee delivered such a severe punishment. The IOC also dismissed Dmitry Chernyshenko, former CEO of the Organizing Committee Sochi 2014, from the Coordination Commission Beijing 2022.

But that appeal was rejected in light of the conclusions of Samuel Schmid, a former president of Switzerland whom the Olympic committee appointed past year to review the findings of a scathing investigation commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. They've taken away 11 of Russia's 33 medals. There were no flawless options, but this decision will clearly make it less likely that this ever happens again.

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