The national team of Russian Federation was suspended from the Olympic games

The national team of Russian Federation was suspended from the Olympic games

The national team of Russian Federation was suspended from the Olympic games

The IOC banned Russia from the 2018 Games over state-sponsored doping, but said some Russian athletes will be allowed to compete under strict conditions.

Speaking at the press conference announcing the ruling of the IOC Executive was Samuel Schmid, the Swiss politician who led the IOC inquiry into whether anti-doping subterfuge was carried out with the backing of the Russian government. They'd compete under a neutral Olympic flag, not their own; the Olympic anthem would play rather than any state-sponsored music; and they'd be labeled "Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation".

The IOC punishment did leave room for many Russians to compete under the name "Olympic Athlete from Russia" or OAR. The Olympic Anthem will be played in any ceremony. The statement said that Schmidt's report had confirmed "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russian Federation".

No member of the leadership of the Russian Olympic Team at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 can be included on the invitation list.

The IOC's president, Thomas Bach, said of the punishment handed down on Tuesday, "This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport".

It was Rodchenkov who first revealed the scale of Russia's cheating and it was his testimony which formed the basis of the second of those WADA investigations, conducted by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren.

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The IOC also imposed a lifetime Olympic ban on Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, the organizer of soccer's 2018 World Cup, and imposed a fine of $15 million on the Russian Olympic committee.

The president of the Russian skating union has described the decision of offensive and insulting. By Monday, 25 Russians had been disqualified from the Sochi Games and banned from the Olympics for life, and 11 medals were stripped.

Many athletes said they wouldn't have felt comfortable had the International Olympic Committee banned all Russians from the Pyeongchang Games.

"This should draw a line under this damaging episode and serve as a catalyst for a more effective anti-doping system led by Wada", said International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach. The International Olympic Committee has banned Russian Federation from competing due to a recently-discovered case of performance-enhancing drugs.

The consensus among athletes was that the International Olympic Committee struck a good balance between punishing the nation but not Russian athletes who may not have been part of the vast doping scheme.

However, the commission said it had not found "any documented, independent and impartial evidence confirming the support or the knowledge of this system by the highest State authority". "There were no flawless options, but this decision will clearly make it less likely that this ever happens again".

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